Because no research has been done on breastfeeding and Remicade, it is not known if the medication passes through breast milk. Therefore, the manufacturer recommends that healthcare providers consider the possible risks and benefits before recommending it to women who are breastfeeding. If you do decide to take Remicade, be sure to watch for any side effects in your nursing infant.
Is Remicade Safe While Breastfeeding?
It is not known if Remicade® (infliximab) is passed through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer recommends that healthcare providers consider the various risks and benefits before recommending the drug for women who are breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding prior to taking it.
Remicade and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
No research has been done to see if Remicade passes through breast milk. However, many healthcare providers believe that the drug is probably safe for many women who are breastfeeding. If your healthcare provider recommends the drug, make sure to watch for any possible Remicade side effects in your breastfeeding child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Remicade and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands 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 breastfeeding and Remicade that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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