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Although no studies have been done to see if Arava (leflunomide) passes through breast milk, it is thought that it likely would, based on the properties of the drug. Due to the potential risks of using Arava while breastfeeding, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that women not take this medicine while nursing.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Arava?

Arava® (leflunomide) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. At this time, it is not known if Arava passes through breast milk in humans.
 
The manufacturer of the medication recommends that women avoid taking it while nursing a child. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this drug.
 

More Information on Arava and Breastfeeding

No studies have been done to see if Arava passes through breast milk in humans or in animals. However, based on the properties of the drug, it is expected that it would pass through breast milk. The manufacturer of Arava recommends that this drug not be used in breastfeeding mothers, because of the potential risks to the nursing infant.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Arava use with your healthcare provider. 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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