Is It Safe To Take Hydrochlorothiazide While Breastfeeding?

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Fluid retention, while you are nursing, tends to affect your health adversely and increase your discomfort. Your doctor will probably prescribe you some hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) to get rid of the excess fluid. But, as you are breastfeeding, you need to be doubly sure of what you eat and whether it is safe for your infant. Here, we take a look at hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) breastfeeding, the benefits, potential side effects, and how safe it is to take while breastfeeding.

What Is Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)?

Hydrochlorothiazide, or Microzide, is a medication that treats water retention effectively. The drug is popular as diuretic and helps reduce excess accumulation of fluid and swelling in your body while you are breastfeeding. Hydrochlorothiazide also treats high blood pressure and other health conditions effectively (1).

Is It Safe To Have Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) While Breastfeeding?

Yes! It is safe to have hydrochlorothiazide while breastfeeding, but remember to only take low doses. You can have a low dose, such as 25 milligrams or even lesser than that every day while nursing your newborn. Even though the drug passes into the breast milk, its low concentration does not affect your dear little one adversely. Also, hydrochlorothiazide does not inhibit lactation. Having the medication just before the longest interval of your infant’s sleep reduces the amount of the drug’s transfer to your newborn. However, make sure you have a word with your doctor and have only prescribed doses of the medication to prevent the risk of potential side effects while nursing (2).

Hydrochlorothiazide Breastfeeding – The Health Benefits:

There are many health benefits of having the right doses of hydrochlorothiazide while nursing your newborn. Benefits include:

1. Minimizes Water Retention:

Being a diuretic, hydrochlorothiazide reduces water accumulation in your body while you are nursing your infant. The drug helps prevent the risk of all health hazards such as pain, inflammation, soreness, and other health conditions resulting due to water retention in your body. The medication is highly effective in curing edema resulting due to cirrhosis of the liver. Also, the drug prevents fluid accumulation and swelling in your body due to congestive heart failure, corticosteroid medications, and nephritic syndrome (3).

2. Treats Kidney Stones:

Hydrochlorothiazide is an effective treatment for health troubles resulting due to kidney stones. The drug minimizes the amount of calcium that kidneys excrete through the urine. Also, the medicine minimizes the amount of calcium available in your body that handles the formation of kidney stones while breastfeeding (4).

3. Promotes Weight Loss:

As hydrochlorothiazide eliminates the excess of fluid retention and the risk of swelling in your body, it helps promote weight loss. So, having the medication helps you cast off the excess of pounds while nursing your dear little one (5).

4. Treats Diabetes Insipidus:

Hydrochlorothiazide is a diuretic, so it is highly effective in treating diabetes insipidus, a rare type of diabetes resulting due to the deficiency of pituitary hormone vasopressin that controls kidney functioning (6).

5. Treats Hypertension:

Hydrochlorothiazide treats hypertension while breastfeeding. Having 12.5 mg to 50 mg dose of the drug helps lower your high blood pressure effectively. Consult your doctor and have the right amount of low dose of the drug (7).

Side Effects Of Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) While Breastfeeding:

Although there are several health benefits of having hydrochlorothiazide while breastfeeding, excess or inappropriate amount of the drug can make you suffer from its side effects. Potential side effects are:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Cramps
  • Thirst
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Dizziness
  • Pain in stomach
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hair loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Sore throat (8)

The above are the hydrochlorothiazide nursing considerations. Did you have hydrochlorothiazide while nursing your newborn? How did you benefit from it? Share your experience with fellow moms here. Leave a comment below.

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