It is known that colchicine passes through breast milk in low amounts. However, no serious problems have been reported in infants who were exposed to this drug through breast milk. According to the manufacturers of colchicine, breastfeeding women should use this medication with caution. However, every woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider should discuss what is best for your specific situation.
Can I Take Colchicine While Breastfeeding?
The manufacturers of colchicine generally recommend that women should use this medication with caution while nursing. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics generally considers the medicine compatible with breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding or are thinking about breastfeeding, it is a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider before taking colchicine.
More Information on Breastfeeding and Colchicine
Colchicine passes through breast milk. In most cases, it appears that only low levels of the drug pass through breast milk, and no serious problems occurred in infants in the few reported cases of the use of this drug during breastfeeding.
Nonetheless, colchicine can be a rather toxic drug, and serious side effects could occur. It has been suggested that avoiding breastfeeding for 6 to 12 hours after taking a dose of colchicine may help prevent exposure of the drug to the infant. However, this is an extremely impractical suggestion that will not work for most women.
If your healthcare provider recommends that you take colchicine while breastfeeding, make sure to also discuss this matter with your child's healthcare provider to help formulate a plan on any monitoring that may be required.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and colchicine. 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 and other treatment options, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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