Trileptal does pass through breast milk, and the manufacturer recommends that the drug be used cautiously in women who are breastfeeding. If you are taking Trileptal and breastfeeding or are thinking of breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider. Together, the two of you can make a decision about what is best for your particular situation.
Can Breastfeeding Women Take Trileptal?
Trileptal® (oxcarbazepine) passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer recommends that the drug be used with caution in breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of it and have been prescribed Trileptal, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
What Does the Research Say?
Trileptal passes through breast milk in humans. Although the full risks are not known, most documented cases suggest there is little risk to the nursing infant. Still, if your healthcare provider recommends taking Trileptal while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Trileptal and Breastfeeding
It is important to discuss this issue with your healthcare provider. 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about breastfeeding and Trileptal that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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National Library of Medicine (US). Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMED). NLM Web site. Available at: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT. Accessed May 14, 2007.
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