Voltaren Gel and Breastfeeding

Studies on breastfeeding and the active ingredient in Voltaren Gel have shown that the medication does pass through breast milk in animals. However, no research has been done in humans, so it is not known what risks this may present for a nursing infant. Before using Voltaren Gel, nursing women should consult with their healthcare provider about the potential risks.

Is Voltaren Gel Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

It is not known if Voltaren® Gel (diclofenac gel) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of Voltaren Gel suggests that breastfeeding women should not take this medication. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about taking Voltaren Gel.
 

What Does the Research Say?

The active ingredient in Voltaren Gel (diclofenac) passes through breast milk in animals after it is taken by mouth. No research has been done to see if diclofenac passes through breast milk in humans.
 
However, due to the low overall exposure of the body to diclofenac with Voltaren Gel (as only 6 percent of the medication is absorbed throughout the body), and because the medication is cleared from the body quickly, it is not expected that Voltaren Gel would cause serious problems.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking Voltaren Gel. 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about breastfeeding and Voltaren Gel that is right for you.
 
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