Xenical and Breastfeeding: An Overview
It is not known if Xenical®
) 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.