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Nov 15, 2016 12:41 PM

Thank you for your question concerning the safety of Pynstop medication when used by lactating woman.

Pynstop contains: Caffeine, Codeine, Doxylamine Succinate and Paracetamol.

The source of the following information about the medications in Pynstop is from Medications and Mother's Milk (Thomas W Hale). If you are in the UK, I would also advise that you contact the UK Association of Breastfeeding Mothers Drugs in Breast Milk Helpline (website here, phone 0300 330 5453)

Caffeine is lactation risk L2 a safer drug. Paediatric concerns include: rarely irritability and insommnia in baby.
Codeine is lactation risk 3 moderately safe and Lactation risk 5 contraindicated in breastfeeding woman if they are rapid metabolisers of the drug. Paediatric concerns include sedation and apnea.
Doxylamine Succinate, is an antihistamine and sedative Lactation risk L3. Paediatric concerns include sedation do not use in babies with apnea.
Paracetamol lactation risk 1: a safe medication for breastfeeding women. No paediatric concerns via breastmilk.
It would be advisable to discuss your symptoms with your GP and alternative medication.

Hope this is helpful.
Katherine Fisher IBCLC