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hayfever medicine when breastfeeding

(8 Posts)
buffythenappyslayer Tue 30-May-06 11:02:05

anyone know what you can and cant take when your breastfeeding?

got it really bad so really need in chemist wouldnt sell me piriton,he said its not recommended.told me to see gp but cant get appointment until next monday!!

Bramshott Tue 30-May-06 12:17:23

Sadly, I don't think you're supposed to take anything that isn't homeopathic/herbal. ALthough I didn't realise that for the first 2 months of the summer that I was breastfeeding!

alison222 Tue 30-May-06 12:19:53

Can't remember what I had but got from GP and it was a non drowsy one too so beter than piriton

pesme Tue 30-May-06 12:36:12

hi, you can definitely use nasal sprays and eyedrops. I was perscribed beconase spray and can't remember the drops. The spray is great but takes a few days to be effective.

azroc Tue 30-May-06 12:42:54

Have you tried eating local honey? That's supposed to help and won't harm your baby.

Rhubarb Tue 30-May-06 12:49:08

Piriton used to be prescribed for morning sickness. Studies have not shown that piriton affects the unborn baby, but they haven't shown that it doesn't either.

I had very bad hayfever when I was pregnant, so much so that I had trouble breathing. The bloody people at the chemist could see the state I was in but refused to serve me anything. My gp was great though, she recommended piriton as it's one of the better known brands and therefore more research has been done on it.

If your hayfever is getting that bad, then tbh a piriton every now and then isn't going to do any harm. I took a total of 3 when I was pregnant with ds and I really beat myself up about it, but he was a big healthy baby when he was born, no obvious side-effects!

Rhubarb Tue 30-May-06 12:50:53

Oops, sorry didn't read it properly and thought you were still pregnant! I'd definitely have no qualms in taking one whilst breastfeeding, I should imagine the amount that gets passed into your breastmilk is absolutely minimal.

mawbroon Tue 30-May-06 12:51:56

I took Piriton (prescribed by the doc) when I was pg last year and am assuming that it's ok when bf too, but i haven't been affected yet this year, so I'll have to wait and see...

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