Meridia and Breastfeeding

Although no studies have been done on Meridia and breastfeeding, the manufacturer of the drug does not recommend that women who are breastfeeding take Meridia. Because every woman's situation is different, it's best to discuss the benefits and risks of Meridia and breastfeeding with your healthcare provider. It is important to note that breastfeeding is a time of increased caloric need for mothers, not a time for dieting.

An Overview of Meridia and Breastfeeding

At this time, it is not known if Meridia® (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) passes through breast milk. The manufacturer of Meridia recommends that women who are breastfeeding should not take Meridia. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or planning to start breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Meridia.
In October 2010, Meridia was withdrawn from the market in the United States. Studies have shown that it increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. This medication will no longer be available in the United States. People should stop taking it and should ask their healthcare providers about more appropriate weight loss options. 

Meridia and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Meridia has not been studied in any women who were breastfeeding, and it is not known if Meridia passes through breast milk or if it poses any risk to 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. If your healthcare provider suggests that it is okay to take Meridia while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your infant, especially changes in your infant's appetite.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Meridia and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Meridia 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 Meridia and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
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