Hello Parents,

In a previous article, I talked to you about over the counter medications permitted during pregnancy. Many readers liked the content and felt better able to treat pregnant mothers. That said, many mothers wondered what was allowed during breastfeeding. un billet précédent des médicaments permis sans ordonnance durant la grossesse

Here is a brief, practical summary. But it doesn’t replace medical consultations when necessary. Most medications that are permitted during pregnancy can also be used during breastfeeding. These include Myoflex, Balminil DM and Benylin DM, Tylenol, Otrivin or Dristan as needed. This also applies to Canesten, Monistat or Gynecure to treat vaginitis (fungal infection), over the counter, safe and ideally a one-week treatment. Concerning seasonal allergies, Claritin, Aerius, Reactine or Allegra can help relieve symptoms, even when breastfeeding. For constipation, start with a proper diet and hydration, then if needed you can use Metamucil, Prodiem, Benefiber, Colace or Surfak, which should work after a couple of days. Glycerine suppositories can be useful if you are very discomforted and have not passed stool for at least three days. If you have hemorrhoids, Tucks (witch hazel and glycerine compresses) or Anusol cream can be solutions.

Finally, if you have nausea symptoms associated with gastroenteritis, Gravol will likely work. If you have acid reflux, Dioval, Gaviscon, Maalox or Mylanta can be effective if taken one hour before meals. The effect lasts for about two hours.

If you take medications due to a specific condition, you should check with a pharmacist to see if taking another product may impact the desired effect (overmedicalization).

Please watch these videos for more information:

  •       Pharmacology and Maternity
  •       Medications during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

I hope this article has helped!

Talk soon,

Marie

The Baby Expert 

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