No studies have been done on Amitiza (lubiprostone) and breastfeeding, so it is not known if this medication passes through breast milk or if it would cause problems in an infant. As a result, the manufacturer recommends that women avoid this medication while nursing. If you are taking Amitiza and breastfeeding (or planning on it), talk to your healthcare provider about what is right for your situation.
Is Amitiza Safe for Breastfeeding Women?
It is not known if Amitiza® (lubiprostone) passes through breast milk in humans. However, the manufacturer recommends that women not take the drug while breastfeeding.
What Does the Research Say?
No research has been done to see if Amitiza passes through breast milk or if it would cause problems in a breastfed infant. This lack of information may be quite frustrating for women who are breastfeeding. However, there are very good reasons why many medications are not thoroughly studied in women who are nursing. In most situations, these types of studies are considered unethical, as they could put infants (who cannot consent to these studies themselves and who would not directly benefit from the medication) at risk. In general, most information about breastfeeding and medications is obtained through cases outside of formal clinical studies.
Discussing Amitiza and Breastfeeding With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Amitiza 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 Amitiza and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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