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No studies have been performed on breastfeeding and Palgic, so it is not known whether the drug passes through breast milk. The manufacturer of the medication warns against using it while breastfeeding because newborns and premature infants are especially sensitive to the drug. Before using this medication, breastfeeding women should first consult their healthcare providers.

An Overview of Breastfeeding and Palgic

There is conflicting information regarding the safety of antihistamines, including Palgic® (carbinoxamine maleate), for breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Palgic.

Is Taking Palgic While Breastfeeding Safe?

It is unknown if Palgic passes through breast milk or would cause problems for a breastfed infant. The manufacturer of Palgic recommends that breastfeeding women should never take the medication, since newborns and premature infants are especially sensitive to the medication. However, numerous other sources state that antihistamines (such as Palgic) are generally compatible with breastfeeding.
Theoretically, it is possible that Palgic could affect a woman's milk supply, since the medication can suppress prolactin (a hormone important for breast milk production). However, this is probably not an issue for women who are well-established with breastfeeding.
If your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to take Palgic while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any changes or side effects (such as unusual drowsiness or irritability) in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and Palgic. 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 breastfeeding and Palgic that is right for you.
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