Adipex and Breastfeeding

Due to the appetite-suppressing effects of Adipex, breastfeeding women are generally recommended to avoid taking the drug, because breastfeeding is a time of increased caloric need for mothers (rather than a time for dieting). It is also not known whether the medication passes through breast milk to nursing infants. If you are taking Adipex and breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider about the possible risks.

Is Adipex Safe During Breastfeeding?

Currently, it is not known whether Adipex-P® (phentermine) passes through breast milk. Usually, healthcare providers recommend that women avoid taking Adipex-P while breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding or planning to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Adipex-P.

Adipex and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Adipex-P has not been studied in any breastfeeding women, and it is not known whether Adipex-P passes through breast milk. However, Adipex-P is chemically similar to amphetamines, which are known to pass through breast milk (and to have negative effects on breastfed infants).
It is important to remember that breastfeeding is usually a time of increased caloric need for mothers, not a time to be dieting. It is important to eat an adequate and well-balanced diet while breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Adipex and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Adipex-P 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 Adipex-P and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
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