does anyone know if i can take Claritin ( the allergy medicine ) and also breastfeed.

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Bernadette - posted on 06/12/2011

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I went to the doctor recently to ask about the same thing, because allergies were driving me absolutely CRAZY. He said that Claritin should be ok and also polaramine. By the time I went to the chemist, I couldn't remember the name of the second one (only remembered because someone else has mentioned already) so I've been using Claratin and it's fine. The doctor said that the only issue really is that because the baby will have had pre-exposure to antihistamines, there MAY be an increased chance of developing allergies.

Jana - posted on 06/12/2011

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Last year when pregnant I could not take my Rx med. So instead I used a saline rinse (called a nedi pot?), twice a day. This actually helped get the allergy symptoms managable. This year, since I am nursing, I am doing the same, plus reduced wheat and dairy from my diet. Most days I am fine. On those bad pollen days I have only some sneezing, mild eye itching, etc. I has been great and with no Rx or OTC meds.

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Sarah - posted on 06/14/2011

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What about taking Clarinaise? An antihystemine, i'm only breastfeeding before nap times and bedtime.

Jessalyn - posted on 06/12/2011

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hello there! i suffered fr measles last dec and advised to take antihistamine particularly claritin and my doctor told me not to breastfed my child during my medication.Two days after i stopped taking the medicine, i started to breastfeed my son again. hope it will help you... but pls do try to ask your doctor too.

Jo - posted on 06/12/2011

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wow, it's really interesting to read these replies. I get terrible hayfever and have asked several doctors, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and I was told I couldn't take anything! I tried some natural drops from a health store while I was pregnant (as advised by my midwife) but they were disgusting and didn't work. Last time I saw the doctor about this I was told all I could take was a nose spray and eye drops (useless since I wear contact lenses!!!). I would say it probably depends on where you are, the concentration of the medication and your doctor's personal opinion. I would see your doctor, get as much info as you can about what's in the meds and the effects of these on babies, and make an informed decision. Hope this was helpful!

Danielle - posted on 06/12/2011

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For allergies, I use NasalCrom, which is a nose spray that prevents the allergic reaction. My dad recommended it to me and he's a PA with more experience then most doctors (which often makes doctors sorta annoyed) and he said it's safe for both during pregnancy and breastfeeding because it's not an antihistamine like other allergy meds. It isn't an immediate thing with the nose spray though - it's one that you use daily and it starts to prevent allergies after a couple weeks. So I start using it just before allergy season to head it off and usually do ok. This year I think I started a little late so I'm still having some reactions.

The only other thing I know is rather safe is a decongestant that I got through the pharmacy - it doesn't need a prescription, but you have to ask for it and it's just a decongestant so it's more for if you have congestion then just allergic reactions. Just talk to the pharmacist about what's safe for you to take. They are usually very helpful too!

Tiffany - posted on 06/12/2011

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My OB recommended no meds during pregnancy, but during breastfeeding, my daughter's ped dr. said that Zyrtec was fine for me to take. It can decrease supply overtime, but everyone is different. Always double check with your child's dr, if possible. If not, kellymom and other resources listed above are great. Hope you feel better soon!

Gina - posted on 06/12/2011

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You can take polaromine safely, you can also take this in pregnancy. I take half a tablet and that settles hayfever without making me drowsy

Patricia - posted on 06/11/2011

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I have severe spring allegies and with my oldest got told to suffer through my pregnant spring.The following spring I asked again, and got told i could try it, but it could possibly dry me up temporarily. It did. for 24 hours i had no milk. so at 4 months he used a modified sippy cup of 1/2 bm 1/2 formula...then suckle me to sleep. I never tried again, and this story takes place almost 18 y/o to the day....so i'd talk to a lactation consultant or a LLL leader

Rachel - posted on 06/11/2011

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There is a safe alternative to traditional allergy medications. Essential oils. There is an allergy formula that WORKS for my mom's friends' husband. 2 drops each of doTERRA's lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils in water, PLUS 4 drops of each in an empty gel cap. This he takes every morning and has been off traditional allergy medications!

Sarah - posted on 06/11/2011

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It's fine for pregnancy and breastfeeding. I asked my uncle (who is a doctor) the same question when I was pregnant with my 2nd (and still breastfeeding my 1st), and he pointed out that no-one will ever say a particular drug is completely safe during pregnancy/breastfeeding, but it's one of the safer ones out there. If you really can't do without it (like I couldn't!), then take it.

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