No studies have been done on Reclast and breastfeeding. However, because the drug affects bone growth, the manufacturer recommends that women not take it while breastfeeding. If the drug does pass through breast milk, this could affect the infant's growth. If you are taking Reclast and breastfeeding is something you are considering, discuss the issue with your healthcare provider first.
Reclast While Breastfeeding: An Overview
At this time, it is unknown if Reclast® (zoledronic acid) passes through breast milk in humans. 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 Reclast.
Reclast and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
No studies have been done to see if Reclast passes through breast milk in women. Like all bisphosphonate medications, Reclast binds to bone and is released slowly over time. It is not known how the drug might affect growing bones (such as those of young infants). Also, it is not known how long to wait after taking Reclast (which is taken as just a single dose) before it is safe to breastfeed.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Reclast and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Reclast 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 Reclast and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Reclast [package insert]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation;2011 August.
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