Women who are taking Symmetrel (amantadine) and breastfeeding should know that the drug does pass through breast milk and may cause serious side effects in your nursing infant. Due to these potentially serious side effects, the manufacturer advises that women avoid the drug while breastfeeding. Symmetrel may also decrease the supply of your breast milk.
Is Symmetrel Safe During Breastfeeding?
Symmetrel® (amantadine hydrochloride) does pass through breast milk in women. Because of the serious side effects that could potentially occur in a nursing infant, the manufacturer recommends that women avoid this drug while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you have been prescribed Symmetrel, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding.
Symmetrel and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Symmetrel passes through breast milk in humans. It can cause some serious side effects in adults, as well as children, and it is assumed that these same Symmetrel side effects might occur in a breastfed infant. Also, the drug may, theoretically, decrease the supply of your breast milk. If your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to take Symmetrel while breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any side effects or changes in your infant.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Symmetrel and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Symmetrel 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about Symmetrel and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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