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Selecting and using antihistamines during breastfeeding

27 January 2022Guidance on continuing or initiating commonly used antihistamines whilst breastfeeding. Recommendations apply to full term and healthy infants only.

What injections can be given orally or via enteral feeding tubes?

6 November 2020This updated Medicines Q&A is a quick reference summary to different types of enteral feeding tubes, in relation to medication issues. Not all enteral feeding…

Oral antihistamines - which are available in lactose-free formulations?

28 September 2020This updated Medicines Q&A includes a table which gives details of oral, single active constituent, antihistamine preparations that have lactose free formulations.

What is serotonin syndrome and which medicines cause it?

22 May 2020This Medicines Q&A outlines the causes and symptoms of serotonin syndrome and provides examples of medicines with the potential to cause serotonin syndrome.  
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Medicine Compliance Aid Stability

ALLERcalm Allergy Relief TabletsActavis UK Ltd

Actavis UK Ltd
ALLERcalm Allergy Relief Tablets
Tablet 4mg
A3 · Amber 3No stability data is available. There are theoretical concerns with use in CAs, which may be mitigated by risk minimisation.
Airtight container
Protect from light
Store in airtight containers, protect from light. Store in tight or well-closed containers.
29 September 2015

PiritonGlaxoSmithKline UK

GlaxoSmithKline UK
Piriton
Tablet 4mg
A3 · Amber 3No stability data is available. There are theoretical concerns with use in CAs, which may be mitigated by risk minimisation.
Airtight container
Protect from light
Store in airtight containers, protect from light. Store in tight or well-closed containers.
25 October 2022

Lactation Safety Information

Cetirizine/Loratadine. If a sedating antihistamine required chlorphenamine is preferred (see summary
Synonym: Chlorpheniramine
Sedating antihistamine
No published evidence of safety
Extensive experience of safe use in breastfeeding with only anecdotal reports of drowsiness in breastfed infants
Monitor infant for drowsiness
Low dose (2-4mg) occasional use acceptable during breastfeeding
20 August 2018
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