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Although Potiga (ezogabine) is known to pass through breast milk in rats, it is unknown if this drug passes through human breast milk. Because Potiga is only approved for use with other seizure medications that may cause problems, it may not be safe to use this drug while nursing. Due to these risks, Potiga's manufacturer recommends that women avoid this medication while breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Potiga?

It is unknown if Potiga™ (ezogabine) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of Potiga suggests that nursing women should not take this medication. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider about taking Potiga.

More Information on Potiga and Breastfeeding

Studies have shown that Potiga passes through breast milk in rats. However, is unknown whether the same is true for humans. It is also unknown what problems (if any) Potiga could cause in a nursing infant.
Keep in mind that Potiga is typically used in combination with other seizure medications, which may not be safe for use while breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Potiga use with your healthcare provider. 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, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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