Sabril and Breastfeeding

It is known that Sabril (vigabatrin) passes through breast milk in women. Because this medication has a high risk for serious problems like permanent vision loss, it is recommended that women avoid Sabril while breastfeeding. Also, Sabril is used as a "last resort" when other seizure medications have failed, and women are not advised to stop taking this medicine in order to breastfeed.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Sabril?

Sabril® (vigabatrin) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of Sabril suggests that breastfeeding women should not take this medication. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider about taking this medication.
 

More Information on Sabril and Breastfeeding

It has been determined that Sabril passes through breast milk in humans. Because of the known risks of the medication, such as the high risk for permanent vision loss, it makes sense that the benefits of breastfeeding are not worth the risks, if the mother is taking Sabril. Usually, stopping Sabril is not an option either, as it is typically used as a "last resort" medication when everything else has failed. Therefore, in most cases, it is simply best to not breastfeed at all and to choose formula instead.
 
It is also important to understand that Sabril is typically used in combination with other seizure medications, which may not be acceptable for use during breastfeeding.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Sabril use with your healthcare provider. 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, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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