Neurontin and Breastfeeding

When a woman is taking Neurontin and breastfeeding at the same time, the drug will pass through her breast milk. However, the effects on the infant are not clear. Some women have taken the drug while breastfeeding without any problems. If your healthcare provider decides it is okay for you to take Neurontin and breastfeed at the same time, watch for side effects in your child, such as drowsiness or feeding problems.

Neurontin and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Neurontin® (gabapentin) passes through breast milk in women. However, because it is not known if the drug is safe for breastfed infants, the manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding women take Neurontin only if the benefits outweigh the risks. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of starting, make sure to let your healthcare provider know before starting treatment.
 

Neurontin and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

As mentioned, Neurontin passes through breast milk in women. However, it is not known if taking the drug while breastfeeding would cause problems for the infant. There are a few reports of women who took Neurontin while breastfeeding without any problems occurring in their infants. If your healthcare provider recommends Neurontin while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child. In particular, watch for:
 
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeding problems
  • Slow weight gain
  • Slow development.
     

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Neurontin and Breastfeeding

It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about Neurontin and breastfeeding. 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Neurontin and breastfeeding that is right for you.
 
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