Keppra and Breastfeeding

Because of the risk of certain side effects that could occur in a nursing infant (such as weight loss, drowsiness, feeding problems, and developmental delays), the manufacturer of Keppra does not recommend taking the drug while breastfeeding. However, based on your needs, expectations, and current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about whether taking Keppra and breastfeeding at the same time is right for you.

An Overview of Keppra and Breastfeeding

Keppra® (levetiracetam) is a prescription medication used to treat certain types of seizures in people with epilepsy. The medication does pass through breast milk in women. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Keppra recommends that women who are breastfeeding either stop taking Keppra or stop breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.

Keppra and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Keppra passes through the breast milk in women, although it is not known if it causes problems in breastfed infants. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Keppra while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child. In particular, watch for drowsiness, weight loss, feeding problems, and developmental delays in your infant.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Keppra and Breastfeeding

It is important to talk with your healthcare provider before taking Keppra if you are breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Keppra and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
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