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It is unclear if Linzess (linaclotide) passes through breast milk. Because little to none of this drug is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is unlikely that it would pass through breast milk. However, not all of the potential risks have been ruled out, so make sure to talk to your healthcare provider before taking Linzess while breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Linzess?

At this time, it is unknown if Linzess™ (linaclotide) passes through breast milk. The manufacturer recommends that it be used cautiously in women who are nursing. If you are breastfeeding a child or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Linzess.
 

More Information on Linzess and Breastfeeding

This drug has not been studied in breastfeeding women. Therefore, it is unknown whether the drug passes through breast milk, or whether it would harm a nursing child. Although this lack of information is certainly frustrating, it is important to understand that studies of medications are rarely done in breastfeeding women, as this would usually expose an infant, who will not directly benefit from the medication, to possible risks.
 
Linzess works directly in the intestines, and very little to none of the drug is absorbed into the bloodstream with normal use. Therefore, it is unlikely that Linzess would pass through breast milk. However, because it has not actually been studied in breastfeeding women, all potential problems cannot yet be completely ruled out.
 
If your healthcare provider recommends Linzess while breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any possible Linzess side effects in your nursing child. The most common Linzess side effect is diarrhea
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Linzess use with your healthcare provider. 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 that is right for you.
 
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