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    So my doctor prescribed me 50mg tablets of promethazine and I didn’t read on it until after I had done taken it. Has anyone taken this medicine while breastfeeding and the baby been fine??

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    AB0822: Promethazine is not one of my favorites. Promethazine is a phenothiazine that is primarily used for nausea, vomiting, and motion sickness. It has been used for many years in adult and pediatric patients for vomiting, particularly associated with pregnancy. No data are available on the transfer of promethazine into milk, but small amounts probably do transfer. We recommend the use of other alternatives with more data in lactation when suitable for the maternal condition (e.g. ondansetron, dimenhydrinate, metoclopramide).

    Promethazine is known to induce apnea or labored breathing in premature and perhaps newborn infants. So, if your infant is 4 or more months older, I don't think there is much risk. Younger, premature infants, its not advisable to use this product.

    Tom Hale Ph.d.