Studies on Zonegran and breastfeeding have shown that the medication passes through breast milk, and the manufacturer recommends that women who are breastfeeding avoid the drug. However, the effects this may have on a nursing infant are unknown. Therefore, if you are taking Zonegran and breastfeeding at the same time, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Zonegran and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Zonegran® (zonisamide) is a prescription medication used to treat partial seizures in people with epilepsy. It passes through breast milk in women. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of the drug does not recommend breastfeeding while taking it. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of starting, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
Zonegran and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Zonegran passes through breast milk in women, but it is not known if this causes negative effects in breastfed infants. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Zonegran while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Zonegran and Breastfeeding
It is important to talk with your healthcare provider before taking Zonegran 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 Zonegran and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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