Imuran and Breastfeeding

Research on breastfeeding and Imuran has shown that the medication is passed through breast milk. Due to the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the infant, the manufacturer recommends that women not take the medication when nursing. If you are taking this medication while breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits associated with this.

Imuran and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Imuran® (azathioprine) is passed through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that women not use Imuran while breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
 

What Does the Research Say on Breastfeeding and Imuran?

As mentioned, Imuran passes through breast milk. Because it can cause serious side effects (including cancer), it is usually best to stop breastfeeding while taking the drug. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Imuran while breastfeeding.
 

Discussing Imuran and Breastfeeding With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking Imuran. Everyone'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 Imuran and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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