Chlorpheniramine maleate while nursing

medications and breastfeeding

Can you take Chloprheniramine maleate while nursing an infant?  Will the allergy medication affect my baby or milk supply?

Used while nursing an infant, Chlorpheniramine maleate may cause irritability and sedation in the child.  Plus, it may reduce the production of milk.

It is best to talk to a doctor or lactation consultant before using chlorphiramine while breastfeeding.  It may be better to use an antihistamine or allergy medication that is more compatible with nursing  like loratadine.

I would encourage you to speak with a health care provider before using any medications while nursing.  Also, consider investing in a copy of Medications and Mother’s Milk: A Manual of Lactational Pharmacology.  Having this reference will save you time and money when deciding what is safe for you and your nursing infant.

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