If you are taking Phenytek (phenytoin) and thinking of breastfeeding, it is important to know that the medication does pass through your breast milk. Before taking Phenytek, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about taking the drug while breastfeeding. Although many healthcare providers believe it is probably safe to take Phenytek and breastfeed, you should still watch for any side effects in your child.
Phenytek and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Phenytek® (phenytoin sodium) does pass through breast milk. Because of the serious side effects that could potentially occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Phenytek does not recommend that women take the medication while breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
Phenytek and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Phenytek passes through breast milk in humans. Although the full risks are not known, most documented cases suggest that there is little risk to the breastfed infant. Many healthcare providers consider Phenytek to be safe for use during breastfeeding. However, if your healthcare provider recommends taking Phenytek while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Phenytek and Breastfeeding: Final Thoughts
It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about Phenytek and breastfeeding. Everyone'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 Phenytek and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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