Nasacort AQ and Breastfeeding

If you are taking Nasacort AQ and breastfeeding, watch for any side effects in your child. It is unknown if the medicine passes through breast milk; however, since Nasacort AQ is a nasal spray and enters the bloodstream in low amounts, it is not expected to pass through. To be safe, if you are taking Nasacort AQ and breastfeeding is something you are considering, talk to your healthcare provider.

Nasacort AQ and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Currently, it is not known whether Nasacort® AQ (triamcinolone nasal spray) passes through breast milk in humans. If you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Nasacort AQ. It is unlikely that the drug will cause problems when used by breastfeeding women; however, there are some situations that may increase the risk.

Nasacort AQ and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Nasacort AQ is a corticosteroid nasal spray that is used to treat nasal allergies. Studies have shown that other steroids pass through breast milk in humans, but it is unknown whether triamcinolone (the active ingredient in Nasacort AQ) also passes through breast milk. However, because very little medication reaches the bloodstream (because it is a nasal spray), Nasacort AQ is not expected to pass through breast milk. (Medications must enter the bloodstream before this can happen.) If your healthcare provider recommends taking Nasacort AQ while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
High levels of triamcinolone in the blood (which increases the risk of passing it through breast milk) are possible if you take more than the recommended dose. In these situations, it may not be advisable to breastfeed while taking Nasacort AQ.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Nasacort AQ and Breastfeeding

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