Xenical and Breastfeeding

Although no studies have been done on Xenical and breastfeeding, the drug is not likely to pass through breast milk, since most of it remains in the digestive tract. However, the manufacturer recommends that women not take the drug while nursing. Because every woman's situation is different, it's best to discuss the benefits and risks of Xenical and breastfeeding with your healthcare provider.

Xenical and Breastfeeding: An Overview

It is not known if Xenical® (orlistat) passes through breast milk. Roche Pharmaceuticals (the manufacturer) recommends that breastfeeding women not take the drug. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Xenical.

Xenical and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Xenical has not been studied in any breastfeeding women, and it is not known if the drug passes through breast milk or if it poses any risk to nursing infants. However, Xenical is unlikely to pass through breast milk, since very little of the drug is absorbed into the body (almost all of a dose of Xenical stays in the digestive tract). It is important to note, however, that the drug can sometimes cause vitamin deficiencies, which may be especially undesirable in breastfeeding women.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Xenical and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Xenical 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 Xenical and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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