Meclizine and Breastfeeding
Since no research has been conducted on breastfeeding and meclizine, it is not known whether the drug passes through breast milk. Small, occasional doses of the medication are generally considered to be compatible with breastfeeding. This product could affect a woman's milk supply, but this is probably not an issue for those who are well-established with breastfeeding.
An Overview of Meclizine and Breastfeeding
Meclizine hydrochloride (Antivert®, Bonine®, Dramamine® Less Drowsy Formula) is an antihistamine medication used to treat motion sickness and vertigo. It is not clear if it is safe for use during breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking meclizine.
Is Taking Meclizine While Breastfeeding Safe?
No research has been done to see if meclizine passes through breast milk. However, based on the chemical structure of the medication, it is expected that it probably does pass through breast milk. In general, small, occasional doses of antihistamines are usually considered to be compatible with breastfeeding.
Theoretically, it is possible that meclizine could affect a woman's milk supply, since the medication can suppress prolactin (a hormone important for breast milk production). However, this is probably not an issue for women who are well-established with breastfeeding.
If your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to take meclizine while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any changes or side effects (such as unusual drowsiness or irritability) in your nursing child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Breastfeeding and Meclizine
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking meclizine. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.