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April 2nd, 2010, 11:05 AM
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I have horrible seasonal allergies. My son's ped said that Claritin D and several RX allergy meds are not contraindicated in nursing mothers but that antihistamines have a tendency to dry you up a little bit. As I mentioned in a previous post my son has been cluster feeding to get me to produce more milk - the last thing I want to do is to dry myself up any. But I really can't go without seasonal allergy meds. Has anyone tried taking OTC or RX allergy medication while BFing, and had, or not had any reaction to the antihistamine? Thanks
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April 2nd, 2010, 01:22 PM
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i have bad seasonal allergies. i took zyrtec a few times, but i did see a drop in my supply after taking it a few days in a row. when i took it sporadically, my milk supply was fine.
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April 2nd, 2010, 05:20 PM
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Zyrtec D is the only thing that works for me too, but I was also concerned about supply. My Dr recommended getting regular zyrtec, then buying the psuedephrine (sp) separate so that I could take a lower dose of that, or space the dosage out more if I noticed a decrease in supply. I haven't tried it yet, I have been managing with only taking it occasionally, but I know my bad allergy time is approaching....
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April 3rd, 2010, 08:01 PM
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i have severe allergies too but the OTC meds dry me up too so i try to just stay inside as much as i can and avoid all the triggers i can.not fun but i figure its only for a short bit.
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April 4th, 2010, 07:43 PM
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You might want to try a Nettie Pot (sp?). I had never heard of one until my mom got one but she swears by it! She has bad allergies and asthma. She uses it every morning. Basically it's just a saline solution that you rinse through your nose but it supposedly helps a lot with allergy problems. I think it takes a few tries to "get the hang of it" without letting the solution go back down your throat...but I am considering getting one if my allergies don't clear soon. My car turned green this weekend....and I'm feeling it!

I believe that you can purchase one at any pharmacy and they are inexpensive. At least you don't have to worry about it affecting baby or milk supply at all!
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April 5th, 2010, 06:31 PM
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I've been taking Zyrtec, but only when absolutely necessary because I'm nervous about drying up, too.
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