Last update Sept. 4, 2022
It is a histamine analog used in the treatment of Ménière's vertigo without sufficient evidence of its efficacy (Strupp 2020, Rosenbaum 2017, Murdin 2016, Della 2006, James 2001). Oral administration.
At latest update, relevant information on excretion into breast milk was not found.
Because of pharmacokinetic data it is likely excretion into breast milk, but though from very low plasma levels, usually below the detection threshold (100 pg/mL), so it is unlikely that the amount that could reach breast milk is significant.
Potential side effects (nausea, dyspepsia, and headache) are mild and well tolerated. (Murdin 2016)
Consider other better known options, otherwise follow-up the child for symptoms like nausea, crying and fussiness. Waiting to breastfeed for 3 to 4 hours after taking betahistine minimizes passage into milk.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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