Most over-the-counter (also called OTC) medicine, like pain relievers and cold medicine, are OK to take when you’re breastfeeding. For example, OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil®) or acetaminophen (Tylenol®) are safe to use when breastfeeding.
What medicines are not safe while breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding women should avoid aspirin and products containing aspirin (this includes Pepto Bismal taken for an upset stomach), as well as products containing naproxen (Aleve). In contrast, acetominophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofin (Motrin, Advil) are not known to have any negative effects on nursing babies.
What meds are safe while breastfeeding?
What medications are safe to take while breast-feeding?
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others)
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others)
- Naproxen (Naprosyn) — short-term use only.
What cold medicine is safe while breastfeeding?
Cold medicines that are considered safe to take while breastfeeding include:
- Zyrtec (cetirizine)
- Nasal sprays that contain Afrin (oxymetazoline), Flonase, Nasacort (steroids), or plain saline.
Is Advil safe for breastfeeding?
Many pain relievers, especially OTC varieties, pass into breast milk in extremely low levels. Nursing mothers can use: acetaminophen (Tylenol) ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Proprinal)
What can you not do while breastfeeding?
You can pass harmful things, like alcohol, drugs and lead, to your baby in breast milk. This can cause serious problems for your baby. Don’t smoke, drink alcohol or use harmful drugs when you’re breastfeeding.
Does ibuprofen go into breast milk?
Ibuprofen was present in the serum with a half-life of approximately 1.5 hours. No measurable amounts of ibuprofen were found in the samples of breast milk. The conclusion drawn is that, in lactating women who take up to 400 mg of ibuprofen every 6 hours, less than 1 mg of ibuprofen per day is excreted in breast milk.
How long will drugs stay in breastmilk?
While the length of time that cocaine stays present in breast milk after ingestion isn’t certain, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine suggests that women who previously abused cocaine do not breastfeed until they’ve been abstinent for at least 90 days.
How long do medications stay in breastmilk?
Drugs to relieve headache, aches, pain or fever
Try not to breastfeed for 1 to 2 hours after taking the dose to minimise the amount in your breastmilk.
Can you take cold medicine while breastfeeding?
Taking dextromethorphan (Delsym, Robitussin), a cough suppressant, while breastfeeding is typically fine. If you have a dry cough, you might find this helpful. If your cough comes with a bit more mucus, guaifenesin ER (Mucinex) is usually the go-to.
Can you take cold and flu medicine while breastfeeding?
In summary: Over-the-counter drugs containing dextromethorphan, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are safe to take while breastfeeding. Doxylamine succinate and diphenhydramine may cause sedation in mother and breastfeeding infant and should be used with caution if the infant has a history of apnea.
Can I take Mucinex DM while breastfeeding?
The expectorant guaifenesin and the cough suppressant dextromethorphan are often found together in products like Mucinex DM or Robitussin DM. Both of these medications are okay to take while breastfeeding.
Can I take extra strength Tylenol while breastfeeding?
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is given to babies for fever and pain relief, so is considered safe for nursing moms.
Can I take ibuprofen 800 while breastfeeding?
Ibuprofen is safe in moderate doses during breastfeeding as only minimal quantities of the drug get into breast milk. A 2014 study looking at ibuprofen concentrations in breast milk found that infants received less than 0.38 percent of the weight-adjusted women’s doses of this medication.
How long does Tylenol stay in breastmilk?
A single oral dose of 650 mg of acetaminophen was given to 12 nursing mothers who were 2 to 22 months postpartum. Peak milk levels of 10 to 15 mg/L occurred between 1 and 2 hours after the dose in all patients. Acetaminophen was undetectable (<0.5 mg/L) in all mothers 12 hours after the dose.