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Studies have shown that Vimpat (lacosamide) does pass through breast milk in rats. In general, the manufacturer of Vimpat does not recommend taking Vimpat while breastfeeding. However, based on your needs, expectations, and current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about whether taking it while breastfeeding is right for you.

Is Vimpat Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

It is not known if Vimpat® (lacosamide) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of Vimpat suggests that women not take this medication while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about taking Vimpat.
 

What Does the Research Say?

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

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking Vimpat. 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 for your particular situation.
 
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