Tegretol and Breastfeeding

Because Tegretol does pass through breast milk, the manufacturer recommends that women not take the medication when breastfeeding. However, many healthcare providers consider Tegretol to be safe for most women who are breastfeeding, as well as their infants. If you are taking Tegretol and breastfeeding at the same time, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child (such as drowsiness and poor sucking).

Tegretol and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Tegretol® (carbamazepine) passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of the drug does not recommend that women breastfeed while taking Tegretol. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
 

Tegretol and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

As mentioned, Tegretol passes through breast milk in humans. However, many healthcare providers consider the medication to be safe for most women who are breastfeeding and their infants. Most infants do not have any side effects, although there have been some reports of drowsiness, poor sucking, and liver problems in breastfed infants whose mothers took Tegretol. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Tegretol while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for these or other side effects in your child.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Tegretol and Breastfeeding

It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about Tegretol 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 Tegretol and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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