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Little is known about the effects of Atelvia on breastfeeding. The active ingredient (risedronate delayed-release) is known to pass through the breast milk of rats, but no human studies have been conducted on this subject. Furthermore, Atelvia should only be used in postmenopausal women, who are unlikely to be breastfeeding a child.

Is Atelvia Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

At this time, it is unknown if Atelvia™ (risedronate delayed-release) passes through breast milk in humans, although it is known to pass through breast milk in rats. The manufacturer does not recommend that women breastfeed while taking it. Thus, if you are breastfeeding or are thinking about it, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Atelvia.
Keep in mind that Atelvia is approved only for use in postmenopausal women.

What Does the Research Say About Breastfeeding and Atelvia?

Studies have shown that Atelvia passes through breast milk in rats, but no studies have been done in breastfeeding women. If your healthcare provider recommends this drug 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 Atelvia 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

You should discuss breastfeeding and Atelvia 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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