Last update: Feb. 27, 2018

Loratadine

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding


Safe. Compatible.
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Second generation anti-histaminic drug with low sedative effect.

Excreted in non-significant amount into breast milk (Hilbert 1988). No side effects were observed in breastfed infants of treated mothers (Merlob 2002).

Various medical societies and expert consensus consider the use of this medication safe during breastfeeding (Butler 2014, Amir 2011, So 2010, Leachman 2006, National Asthma Ed. 2004, Solhaug 2004, Mitchell 1999, Ghaeli 1993).

The British Society of Immunology and Allergy rates it compatible with breastfeeding (Powell 2007).

American Academy of Pediatrics: medication usually compatible with breastfeeding (AAP 2001).

Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Loratadine since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

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Other names

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Tradenames

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Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 100 %
Molecular weight 383 daltons
Protein Binding 97 - 99 %
pKa 4,3 -
Tmax 1,5 hours
T1/2 8,4 (3 - 20) hours
M/P ratio 1,2 -
Theoretical Dose 0,0024 - 0,0044 mg/Kg/d
Relative Dose 1,4 - 2,6 %

References

  1. Butler DC, Heller MM, Murase JE. Safety of dermatologic medications in pregnancy and lactation: Part II. Lactation. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Mar;70(3):417.e1-10; quiz 427. Abstract
  2. So M, Bozzo P, Inoue M, Einarson A. Safety of antihistamines during pregnancy and lactation. Can Fam Physician. 2010 May;56(5):427-9. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  3. Powell RJ, Du Toit GL, Siddique N, Leech SC, Dixon TA, Clark AT, Mirakian R, Walker SM, Huber PA, Nasser SM; British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI). BSACI guidelines for the management of chronic urticaria and angio-oedema. Clin Exp Allergy. 2007 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Leachman SA, Reed BR. The use of dermatologic drugs in pregnancy and lactation. Dermatol Clin. 2006 Abstract
  5. National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Asthma and Pregnancy Working Group. Managing asthma during pregnancy: recommendations for pharmacologic treatment-2004 update. 2004;1-57. 2004 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  6. Solhaug V, Roland PD. Bruk av antihistaminer under graviditet og amming \ [Use of antihistaminics during pregnancy and breast feeding]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2004 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  7. Merlob P, Stahl B. Prospective follow-up of adverse reactions in breast-fed infants exposed to loratadine treatment (1999-2001). BELTIS Newsl. 2002;Number 10:43-51 (in Lactmed) 2002 Full text (in our servers)
  8. AAP - American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs. Transfer of drugs and other chemicals into human milk. Pediatrics. 2001 Sep;108(3):776-89. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  9. Mitchell JL. Use of cough and cold preparations during breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 1999 Abstract
  10. Ghaeli P, Kaufman MB. Oral antihistamines/decongestants and breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 1993 Abstract
  11. Hilbert J, Radwanski E, Affrime MB, Perentesis G, Symchowicz S, Zampaglione N. Excretion of loratadine in human breast milk. J Clin Pharmacol. 1988 Abstract

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