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Drugs and Breastfeeding

Review what drugs or medications are safe to take while breastfeeding and which ones to avoid.
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Breastfeeding and Drugs
I have terrible migraines that are incompacitating. My doctor has prescribed Imitrex (sumatriptan succinate), but I am afraid to take it because I am breastfeeding. Is Imitrex safe to take while breastfeeding?

Plaquenil and Breastfeeding
Review whether it is safe to take plaquenil for systemic rheumatoid arthritis while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding: Drugs and Breastfeeding
The decision about continuing breastfeeding when the mother takes a drug, for example, is far more involved than whether the baby will get any in the milk. It also involves taking into consideration the risks of not breastfeeding.

The Transfer of Drugs and Other Chemicals Into Human Milk
A policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics which lists medicines to avoid when you are breastfeeding and others that are usually safe and compatible with nursing.

Medications in the Breast Feeding Mother
An article from American Family Physician on minimizing the risk to nursing infants when breast feeding mothers have to take medicine, including antibiotics, antidepressants, allergy and asthma medicines. Plus view a list of recommended and alternative drugs and which ones should be viewed with caution.

LactMed Drugs and Lactation Database
A peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.

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