No human studies have been done on Actonel and breastfeeding, although the drug does pass through breast milk in rats. Because it is not known how Actonel might affect growing bones, many healthcare providers do not recommend that women breastfeed while taking it. If you are taking Actonel and breastfeeding or are thinking about breastfeeding, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.
Actonel and Breastfeeding: An Overview
At this time, it is unknown if Actonel® (risedronate sodium) passes through breast milk in humans, although it is known to pass through breast milk in rats. The manufacturer of the drug 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 Actonel.
Actonel and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Studies have shown that Actonel passes through breast milk in rats, but no studies have been done in breastfeeding women. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Actonel while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child. The drug is incorporated into bone and is slowly released over time. It is not known how Actonel might affect growing bones (if, in fact, it does pass through breast milk). Therefore, many healthcare providers do not recommend that women breastfeed while taking it.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Actonel and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Actonel 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about Actonel and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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