Advicor and Breastfeeding

Is it safe to take Advicor if you are nursing? At this time, it's unclear whether the drug is safe for use while breastfeeding. Advicor has not been studied in breastfeeding women, and it is unknown if the medication is safe for nursing infants.

Breastfeeding and Advicor: An Overview

It is unknown if Advicor® (niacin extended-release/lovastatin) is safe for use during breastfeeding. The manufacturer recommends that women who are nursing not take Advicor. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.

Can I Take Advicor While Breastfeeding?

No studies have been done to see if lovastatin (one of the components of Advicor) passes through breast milk in humans. Also, it is not known if high doses of niacin (such as the dose in Advicor tablets) are safe for use while breastfeeding. Nor is it clear if Advicor would cause significant problems in a nursing infant.
It's also important to note that the effects of high cholesterol do not cause problems for many years or even decades. Therefore, if a woman does not take Advicor or other cholesterol medications during breastfeeding, it will likely have only a minimal impact on her long-term risks. Therefore, it is best to wait until you have weaned your child before taking the drug.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Advicor 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 that is right for you.
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