Pennsaid and Breastfeeding

The manufacturer of Pennsaid (diclofenac sodium topical solution) does not recommend breastfeeding while using the medication. However, although Pennsaid has not been studied in nursing women, serious problems are not expected. The medication is cleared from the body quickly, and only a small amount is absorbed throughout the body.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Pennsaid?

At this time, it is unknown if Pennsaid® (diclofenac sodium topical solution) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider about using Pennsaid. The manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding women avoid this medication.

What Does the Research Say?

The active ingredient in Pennsaid (diclofenac) passes through breast milk in animals after it is taken by mouth. No research has been done to see if it passes through breast milk in humans.
However, due to the low overall exposure of the body to diclofenac with Pennsaid, since only a small percentage of the medication is absorbed throughout the body, and because the medication is cleared from the body quickly, it is not expected that Pennsaid would cause serious problems during breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss Pennsaid and breastfeeding 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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