If you are taking Zarontin and breastfeeding at the same time, it is important to know that the medication does pass through breast milk. However, it is not known if Zarontin causes negative effects in the nursing infant. Therefore, if you are taking Zarontin while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
An Overview of Zarontin and Breastfeeding
Zarontin® (ethosuximide) is a prescription medication used to treat absence seizures in people with epilepsy. The medication does pass through breast milk in women. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
Zarontin and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Zarontin passes through breast milk in women, but it is not known if it causes negative effects in breastfed infants. There have been reports of women safely using Zarontin while breastfeeding, without causing any problems in their infants. Many healthcare providers consider Zarontin to be safe for most women who are breastfeeding. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Zarontin while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Zarontin and Breastfeeding
It is important to talk with your healthcare provider before taking Zarontin 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 Zarontin 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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