Since no studies have been conducted on breastfeeding and Astepro, it is not known whether the drug passes through breast milk. If it does pass through breast milk, possible side effects in nursing infants may include drowsiness and irritability. If you are using this medication and breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Is Astepro Safe While Breastfeeding?
Currently, it is unknown if Astepro™ (azelastine hydrochloride) passes through breast milk in humans or if it is safe for use during breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Astepro.
What Does the Research Say?
No studies have been done to see if Astepro passes through breast milk in humans. However, based on its chemical structure, it is likely that Astepro passes through breast milk. Even though Astepro 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 pass through breast milk, possible side effects in breastfed infants may include drowsiness and irritability. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Astepro while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any 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
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and Astepro. 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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