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If you are taking primidone and breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding, it is important to know that the medication does pass through your breast milk. Prior to taking the medication, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about taking the drug while breastfeeding. If you decide to breastfeed while taking primidone, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child, such as weight loss, feeding problems, and developmental delays.

An Overview of Primidone and Breastfeeding

Primidone (Mysoline®) is a prescription medication used to treat epileptic seizures. The medication does pass through breast milk in women and could potentially cause serious side effects in a breastfed infant. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.

Primidone and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Primidone passes through breast milk in women and may cause side effects, such as drowsiness and feeding problems. If your healthcare provider recommends taking primidone 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 Primidone and Breastfeeding

It is important to talk with your healthcare provider before taking primidone 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 primidone and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
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