Help! I have alergies!

Brittany - posted on 08/15/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am strictly breastfeeding my 6 mo. old, but have gotten hit by seasonal alergies (again!) hard. I am just wondering what others have taken to be able to breath, but not affect their munchkins. Are there any wal-mart brand drugs, or am I stuck getting the expensive clariton that has never actually helped?

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Natalie - posted on 08/15/2009

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if a doc doesn't know much about a drug they are going to tell you not to take it for fear of malpractice. keep this in mind as well.

Jessica - posted on 08/15/2009

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Zyrtec (and all knockoffs thereof) have been cleared by my midwife, breastfeeding consultant, AND pediatrician as OK for nursing moms.



I do believe the Walmart knockoff is "Wal-tec" or some version of it....Anyways, it's never let me down!

Natalie - posted on 08/15/2009

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the lactation specialist cleared all of my meds, so did my pediatrician and my OB.

Katie - posted on 08/15/2009

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In the beginning of the summer I got bad bug bites and I went to the doctor for them. They told me I could take Claritin but not to take Zyrtec because I was breastfeeding. I would check with your pediatrician before taking anything. The medications that you can take when you are pregnant are not the same as when you are breastfeeding.

Natalie - posted on 08/15/2009

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I have allergies year round to everything from dust to trees. I used to take the generic allegra (prescription) but switched to Xyzal (form of Zyrtec) when I decided to try to get pregnant. Still on it now because i am breastfeeding my LO. Works great for me. The Zyrtec you can get over the counter. That is what I started with but it made me drowsy. My allergist then prescribed Xyzal which is a more refined form of Zyrtec. They took out the drowsy and a bunch of other crap. I can breath free and don't get my daily hives. You have to take it daily though and be proactive. Taking it after you are already suffereing isn't the best course of action. Good luck.

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