Pyrilamine use while Breastfeeding
Drugs containing Pyrilamine: Midol Maximum Strength Menstrual, Pamprin Multi-Symptom Menstrual Relief, Midol PMS, Triplex AD, Ru-Hist D, Pamprin Maximum Pain, Midol PMS Maximum Strength, Ru-Hist Forte, Poly-Histine-D, Capron DM, Show all 158 »R-Tannamine, Pyril D, Rynesa 12S, R-Tannate, Covangesic, Syncol, Deconsal CT, Premsyn PMS, Pro-Red AC, Trimal DH, Codal-DH Syrup, Poly Tan D, Poly Hist Forte (old formulation), Aldex D, Menstrual Relief, Codituss DM, Codal-DM Syrup, Triplex DM, Zotex-D, Codimal DM, Poly Hist DHC, Resperal, Hydrophene DH, Hyco-DH, Hycomal DH, Codituss DH, Dicomal-DH, De-Chlor MR, Tussplex, Mintuss MR, Poly Hist HC, Tannate V DM, PhendaCof Plus, Ru-Tuss with Hydrocodone, Reme Hist DM, Viravan-PDM, MyHist-DM, Delhist D, A-Tan 12X, Rolatuss with Hydrocodone, Ru-Hist Plus, Vetuss HC Syrup, Ryna-12X, Pyril DM, KG-Hist D, K-Tan, Ryna-12, R-Tannic-S A/D, K-Tan 4, Viravan-T, Myci Spray, Ryna-12S, Pyril Tann-12, Viravan-S, Pyril Mal Phenyl HCl, Viravan-P, Pyrlex, Pyrlex PD, Deconsal CT Tannate, V-Tann, Ry-T-12, Tri-Histine, Poly-Histine, Metahistine D, Polytine D, Trihist-D, Prohistine-D, Delhistine D, Multihistamine-D Ped, Poly-D, Liqui-Histine-D, Viratan-DM, Quadra-Hist D Pediatric, Quadra-Hist D, Liqui-Minic Infant, Uni-Multihist D Ped, Iohist D, Histine-D, Multihistamine-D, Coryza-DM, R-Tannate Pediatric, Gelhist Pediatric, Triotann-S, Rynatan-S Pediatric, Atrohist Pediatric, Chlorex-A 12, Phena-Plus, R-Tannamine Pediatric, Triotann-S Pediatric, Tanamine Pediatric, Tri-Tannate Pediatric, Rhinatate Pediatric, Tri-Tannate, Triple Tannate Pediatric, Tanoral Pediatric, Equitan Pediatric, Phena-S, Vanex Forte, Dermagesic, Z-Xtra, Tannate 12D S, PMS Formula Multi-Symptom, PMS Relief, Menstrual Complete, Menstrual PMS, Tussi-12D, Tussi-12D S, Pro-Chlo, Histalet Forte, Pyrlex CB, Corzall Plus, C-Tanna 12D, Tannihist-12D, Rhinatate, Url-Tannate Pediatric, Pro-Clear AC, Poly Tan DM, Poly Tan, Neo AC, Dicomal-PH, Codimal PH, Zotex-C, ProHist, P-Hist, Zotex-12, Deconsal DM Tannate, V-Tan DM, Viravan-DM, Nalfrx, Deconsal DM, Phena-S 12, Pyrichlor PE, Triotann, Histatan, Triotann Pediatric, URL-Tannate, Tanoral, Tritan, Tanamine, Tri-Gestan S, Tri-Hist Pediatric, Conal, MyHist-PD, AllerTan, Nalex A 12, Tri Tann Pediatric, Poly Hist PD (old formulation), Aldex DM
Pyrilamine Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding
Summary of Use during Lactation
Small, occasional doses of pyrilamine are probably acceptable during breast feeding. Larger doses or more prolonged use may cause effects in the infant or decrease the milk supply, particularly, in combination with a sympathomimetic such as pseudoephedrine or before lactation is well established. The nonsedating antihistamines are preferred alternatives.
Maternal Levels. One early study that used a biologic assay system reported that after a 100 mg intramuscular dose of diphenhydramine in 3 women, drug levels in milk ranged from 50 to 2.3 mg/L at 1 to 2 hours after the dose and 220 mcg/L to 4 mg/L 5 hours after the dose. Eight hours after the dose, levels were 200 mcg/L and 1.16 mg/L in two mothers, respectively, and not measured in the third. No studies using modern assay methods have been reported.
Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
Effects in Breastfed Infants
Relevant published information on pyrilamine was not found as of the revision date. In one telephone follow-up study, mothers reported irritability and colicky symptoms 10% of infants exposed to various antihistamines and drowsiness was reported in 1.6% of infants. None of the reactions required medical attention and none of the infants were exposed to pyrilamine.
Possible Effects on Lactation
Antihistamines in relatively high doses given by injection can decrease basal serum prolactin in nonlactating women and in early postpartum women. However, suckling-induced prolactin secretion is not affected by antihistamine pretreatment of postpartum mothers. Whether lower oral doses of antihistamines have the same effect on serum prolactin or whether the effects on prolactin have any consequences on breastfeeding success have not been studied.
Alternate Drugs to Consider
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2. Ito S, Blajchman A, Stephenson M et al. Prospective follow-up of adverse reactions in breast-fed infants exposed to maternal medication. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1993;168:1393-9. PMID: 8498418
3. Messinis IE, Souvatzoglou A, Fais N et al. Histamine H1 receptor participation in the control of prolactin secretion in postpartum. J Endocrinol Invest. 1985;8:143-6. PMID: 3928731
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