Coreg and Breastfeeding

In animal studies on breastfeeding and Coreg, the medication was shown to pass through breast milk and cause problems in the newborn animals. However, it is unknown if Coreg passes through breast milk in humans. Because of the potential problems, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking this medication. Together, you can make a decision that is right for you.

Breastfeeding and Coreg: An Overview

It is unknown whether Coreg® (carvedilol) passes through breast milk in humans. Coreg is a "beta blocker" medication that can lower blood pressure and decrease heart rate. It could potentially cause problems in a nursing infant. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking this drug if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.
 

Can I Take Coreg While Breastfeeding?

Studies have shown that Coreg passes through breast milk in rats. In these studies, the newborn rats whose mothers were given the medication had a decreased chance for survival. It is unknown if similar problems might occur in humans.
 
Because of the unknown risks, a different beta blocker (or even a different type of medication) may be a better option. If your healthcare provider decides that you should take Coreg while breastfeeding, it is a good idea to have your infant's heart rate and blood pressure monitored to make sure no problems are occurring.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and Coreg. 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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