If you are taking calcium channel blockers and breastfeeding at the same time, it is important to know that the medication does pass through breast milk to your nursing infant. The manufacturers of calcium channel blockers typically recommend that women who are breastfeeding not take a calcium channel blocker. If you are taking a calcium channel blocker and breastfeeding or thinking about breastfeeding, be sure to let your healthcare provider know.
Calcium Channel Blockers and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Calcium channel blockers do pass through breast milk. Because of the serious side effects that could potentially occur to the nursing infant, the manufacturers of calcium channel blockers generally do not recommend that women who are breastfeeding take a calcium channel blocker. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
Calcium Channel Blockers and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
In general, calcium channel blockers do pass through breast milk in low amounts. However, several sources report that many calcium channel blockers are compatible with breastfeeding. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about your specific calcium channel blocker.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Calcium Channel Blockers and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about calcium channel blockers and breastfeeding. This is because everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. Based on what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about calcium channel blockers and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Package inserts for various calcium channel blockers on eMedTV. See specific calcium channel blocker for package insert information.
Briggs GG, Freeman RK, Yaffe SJ. Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 7th ed. Philadelphia (PA): Lippincott Williams & Wilkins;2005.
National Library of Medicine (US). Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMED). NLM Web site. Available at: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT. Accessed March 28, 2007.
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