Make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are taking Gabitril and breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding. While it is not known if Gabitril passes through breast milk in humans, it is known that the drug passes through breast milk in rats. If your healthcare provider recommends breastfeeding while taking Gabitril, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Gabitril and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Gabitril® (tiagabine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat epileptic seizures. It is not known if the medication passes through breast milk in women. However, because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer recommends asking your healthcare provider if the benefits of using Gabitril while breastfeeding outweigh the risks. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of starting, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
Gabitril and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Gabitril passes through breast milk in rats, but it is not known if it passes through breast milk in humans. There has been one report of a woman taking Gabitril while breastfeeding without it causing any problems in her infant. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Gabitril while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child. In particular, watch for drowsiness, slow weight gain, and slow development.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Gabitril and Breastfeeding
It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about Gabitril and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands 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 Gabitril and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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