Singulair During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

by on July 20, 2012

Asthma and allergies can be challenging for anyone, let alone for pregnant women. Many expectant and first-time mothers are definitely wondering if it is alright to take asthma and allergy medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Below are some helpful information about Singulair use for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Can Pregnant Women Take Singulair?

In general, Singulair is thought to be safe for pregnant women. Animal studies that evaluate the effects of this medication on pregnancy suggest that it does not cause harm on the developing child.

Pregnancy Category

Singulair is classified as a Pregnancy Category B medication by the Food and Drug Administration. This pregnancy category is given to medications that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but animal studies show that is not likely to cause problems on the fetus.

Animal studies conducted on pregnant rats did not show any problems when the animal samples were given high doses of Singulair.

Take note, however, that animal studies do not always predict how humans will respond to certain medications, and the full risks of taking Singulair during pregnancy remain unclear. Since its full effects on pregnant humans are unknown, Singulair should only be prescribed during pregnancy if there is a clear need or if the perceived benefits outweigh the potential risks.

Like any other medications, caution should be taken when using this medication during pregnancy. Do not take more than the recommended amount. If you have accidentally taken too much, contact your healthcare provider right away. When taken as instructed, Singulair is not expected to cause harm on the unborn child or problems in the outcome of pregnancy.

If you become pregnant or plan of becoming pregnant while taking Singulair, talk with your healthcare provider. Before making any recommendation, your physician will evaluate your condition and consider the benefits and risk of taking this drug during pregnancy.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Singulair?

It is not known whether Singulair is excreted into the human milk and its potential effects on the nursing infant. However, because of the possible adverse effects on the breastfed child, the manufacturer recommends caution when using Singulair in breastfeeding women.

If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, be sure to inform your healthcare provider. Depending on your condition, your healthcare provider may recommend either stopping or continuing the medication. If you are using Singulair while breastfeeding, monitor your child for any side effects. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice any changes in your child.

Each patient’s situation is different, talk with your healthcare provider about Singulair use while breastfeeding. You and your healthcare provider can come up with a shared decision that meets both your expectations.