Although no research has been conducted on Intal and breastfeeding, researchers believe it is unlikely that the drug would be passed through breast milk in high enough levels to cause problems in a nursing infant. This is because blood levels of inhaled cromolyn (the active ingredient in Intal) are usually low.
Intal and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Intal® (cromolyn inhalation) is a prescription medication used to treat asthma. It is not known if inhaled cromolyn passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer recommends considering the possible risks and benefits before prescribing Intal for women who are breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
Intal and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
No research has been done to see if inhaled cromolyn is passed through breast milk. Because blood levels of inhaled cromolyn are usually low, it is unlikely that the drug would be passed through breast milk in high enough levels to cause problems. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Intal while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Intal and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Intal and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. After considering what you want and expect (and your current health situation), you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Intal and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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