Although no studies have been conducted on Astelin and breastfeeding, it is believed that a significant amount of the medication reaches the bloodstream and may pass through breast milk. In a nursing infant, this could cause drowsiness and irritability. If you are taking Astelin and breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Astelin and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Currently, it is unknown whether Astelin® (azelastine hydrochloride) passes through breast milk in humans. If you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking the drug.
Astelin and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Astelin is an antihistamine nasal spray. No studies have been conducted on whether the medication passes through breast milk in humans. Even though Astelin is a nasal spray, a significant amount of the medication reaches the bloodstream, so it is possible that it may pass through breast milk. If it does, possible side effects in nursing infants may include drowsiness and irritability. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Astelin while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for these and other side effects in your child. In some situations, a non-sedating antihistamine (one that is less likely to cause drowsiness) may be a better choice for breastfeeding women.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Astelin and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Astelin and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision about Astelin and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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