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Flumadine and Breastfeeding

In studies on Flumadine and breastfeeding, the drug was shown to pass through breast milk in rats. Based on this (and the chemical characteristics of the medicine), it is believed that Flumadine would pass through breast milk in humans as well. If you are taking Flumadine and breastfeeding or thinking of starting, be sure to ask your healthcare provider about the potential risks.

Is Flumadine Safe During Breastfeeding?

At this time, it is not known if Flumadine® (rimantadine hydrochloride) passes through breast milk in women. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Flumadine recommends avoiding the drug while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you have been prescribed Flumadine, make sure to let your healthcare provider know that you are breastfeeding before taking the medication.

Flumadine and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

No studies have been conducted on whether Flumadine passes through breast milk in humans. However, Flumadine passes through breast milk in rats, and based on the chemical characteristics of Flumadine, it is likely that it will pass through breast milk in humans as well. If your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to take Flumadine while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects or changes in your infant.
In general, very little is known about taking most drugs while breastfeeding, since it is usually considered to be unethical to study medications in breastfeeding women. Although this lack of information can be frustrating, it is important to understand that this is done to protect babies who cannot protect themselves (since infants cannot consent to studies).

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Flumadine and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Flumadine and breastfeeding. 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Flumadine and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
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