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The use of albuterol (salbutamol) during pregnancy is recommended for women who have asthma. Uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy could lead to complications for both the fetus and the parent. Parents can use this medication in the form of a rescue inhaler or in a nebulizer.

Albuterol and Breastfeeding

Currently, there are no studies that adequately determine if there is a risk to the infant while breastfeeding and taking albuterol. As such, the American Pregnancy Association has placed salbutamol in Category C, stating parents should not use it while breastfeeding. However, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America states that doctors believe that when asthma medication is taken in usual amounts, it is safe for parents to breastfeed even if they take salbutamol.

Due to these discrepancies, speaking to the treating obstetrician is likely the best course of action when considering albuterol usage while breastfeeding.

FAQ

Is it safe to use an albuterol inhaler while pregnant?

According to the American Pregnancy Association and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, albuterol should not be withheld due to pregnancy; however, parents should avoid excessive use of this medication.

Can I take a breathing treatment while pregnant?

Yes, as controlling the parent’s asthma during pregnancy is vital to the health of the parent and the fetus. Uncontrolled asthma increases the likelihood of complications.

Does albuterol cross the placenta?

Yes.

What asthma medications are safe during pregnancy?

Some medications are considered safer than others during pregnancy.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, albuterol and other short-acting inhaled bronchodilators are considered to be safe asthma medications for use during pregnancy. Other medications typically considered safe include anti-leukotriene agents like Singulair (montelukast) and inhaled corticosteroids [e.g., budesonide (Entocort, Uceris, Rhinocort Allergy)].

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