Fortical and Breastfeeding

At this time, researchers do not know the full risks associated with breastfeeding while taking Fortical. Breastfeeding women should avoid taking the medication until it is proven to be safe for nursing infants. Since each woman's situation is different, talk to your healthcare provider about Fortical and breastfeeding in your particular situation.

Fortical and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Fortical® (calcitonin salmon nasal spray) is a prescription medication approved only for use in postmenopausal women. Currently, it is not known whether Fortical passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer does not recommend that women breastfeed while taking it. If you are breastfeeding or are thinking about breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Fortical.

Fortical and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

No studies have been conducted on whether Fortical passes through breast milk in women. However, even if the drug is passed through, it is likely to be digested and inactivated by the infant's digestive system because it is a delicate molecule that must be given by injection or nasal spray. However, until Fortical has been shown to be safe for breastfeeding women and their infants, it may be a good idea to avoid taking the medicine while breastfeeding. Fortical appears to decrease the production of milk in animals.
It is important to point out that Fortical is not approved for premenopausal women, including women who are breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Fortical and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Fortical and breastfeeding. 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 Fortical and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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