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.