Patanase and Breastfeeding

Since no human studies have been conducted on Patanase (olopatadine nasal spray) and breastfeeding, it is not known whether the medication passes through breast milk. If the drug does pass through breast milk, it could cause drowsiness or irritability in the nursing infant. Before using Patanase, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers about the benefits and potential risks.

An Overview of Patanase While Breastfeeding

Currently, it is unknown whether Patanase® (olopatadine nasal spray) passes through breast milk in humans. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Patanase. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if the benefits of Patanase outweigh the possible risks in your particular situation.

Patanase and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Patanase is an antihistamine nasal spray. No studies have been done to see if Patanase passes through breast milk in humans, although studies have shown that it passes through breast milk in rats.
Because Patanase is a nasal spray, it is not known whether enough Patanase is absorbed into the bloodstream to reach the 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 Patanase while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Patanase and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Patanase 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Patanase and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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