Celebrex and Breastfeeding

At this time, it's unknown whether Celebrex is safe for nursing mothers and their infants. The manufacturer recommends cautious use of the drug while breastfeeding, but other sources say it is okay, since drugs similar to Celebrex are considered safe to take while breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding and taking Celebrex, be sure to watch your child for diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and other problems.

Breastfeeding and Celebrex: An Overview

It is not known if Celebrex® (celecoxib) is safe for use during breastfeeding. The manufacturer recommends that women who are breastfeeding use caution when taking Celebrex. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.

Can I Take Celebrex While Breastfeeding?

Celebrex passes through breast milk in low amounts. Some sources consider the medication safe for use during breastfeeding, since drugs similar to it are considered compatible with nursing. Other sources caution that more information is needed before the full effects of Celebrex on a breastfed infant are understood.
If your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to take this medication while breastfeeding, be sure to watch your child for signs of potential problems, such as abdominal pain (stomach pain), diarrhea, headaches, nausea, and dizziness.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

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