Over-the-counter sleep aids containing the antihistamine diphenhydramine (such as Nytol and Sominex) may be safe for nursing mothers with insomnia. Another antihistamine called chlorpheniramine (found in Chlor-Trimetron) may also help. Side effects include daytime drowsiness, stomach upset, and nervousness.
One may also ask, can I take sleeping pills while breastfeeding?
The sleeping pills Ambien and Lunesta are considered safe to use for occasional use while breastfeeding because very little of the drug gets into the breast milk and reaches the baby. (Consult your doctor before taking any medications while nursing.)
Additionally, does doxylamine dry up breast milk?
Taking too much doxylamine may decrease the amount of breast milk your body makes. Doxylamine also likely passes into breast milk. The effect this drug has on a breastfeeding child is unknown. However, doxylamine is an antihistamine, and these drugs are known to cause drowsiness.
Is Unisom safe while pregnant?
Antihistamines like Unisom are generally safe to take as needed while pregnant, including as an occasional sleep aid. 3 However, no medication is 100% risk-free during pregnancy.
Yes. The “drowsy” hormone, melatonin, reaches peak concentrations in breast milk at night.
Summary of Use during Lactation
Small, occasional doses of diphenhydramine would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants.
Melatonin in Breastmilk
- The level of melatonin in breastmilk peaks at 11 pm.
- Melatonin is at its lowest level in breastmilk at 7 am.
- Melatonin synthesis in healthy term infants begins at 6-8 weeks of life.
- Melatonin treatment has been shown to have an analgesic effect in infants.
Common medicines that are not recommended when you’re breastfeeding include:
- decongestants that come as tablets, liquids or powders that you swallow.
- some nasal decongestants that come as nose sprays or drops – check with a GP or pharmacist before using them.
- aspirin for pain relief.
A woman’s hormones change drastically both during and after pregnancy. After childbirth, your estrogen and progesterone levels drop significantly. These drops are what cause depression and anxiety, but are also responsible for postpartum insomnia. Most hormone imbalances last for up to six months following childbirth.
Small occasional doses of doxylamine would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants.
Q: Is ZzzQuil safe to take while pregnant or breastfeeding? A: You should not take ZzzQuil while pregnant or breastfeeding without first talking to your health care provider. While no serious side effects have been shown, there have been no long-term studies on the potential impact.
According to the manufacturer of Diclegis, people prescribed this medication should not breastfeed. Be especially cautious if you are breastfeeding a premature or newborn baby, or one with a history of breathing issues.
Its elimination half-life is 10 to 12 hours (range 7 to 13 hours). Doxylamine is metabolized in the liver primarily by the cytochrome P450 enzymes CYP2D6, CYP1A2, and CYP2C9.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, for treating morning sickness, women should take: 10 to 25 milligrams (mg) of vitamin B-6 every 8 hours. 25 mg of doxylamine (Unisom SleepTabs) at night.