Altoprev and Breastfeeding

Animal studies on breastfeeding and Altoprev (lovastatin extended-release) have shown that the drug passes through breast milk in rats, but this may not be true for humans. Since it is not clear whether the medication will cause problems in a nursing infant, it is generally recommended that breastfeeding women avoid taking it. Nursing women should consult their healthcare providers before using this drug.

Altoprev and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Altoprev® (lovastatin extended-release) passes through breast milk in rats, but it is unknown if the same is true for humans. Because of the theoretical risks to the nursing child, the manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding women avoid taking Altoprev. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Altoprev if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.

Can I Breastfeed While Taking Altoprev?

It is not clear if Altoprev would cause significant problems in a breastfed infant. Importantly, the effects of high cholesterol do not cause problems for many years or even decades. Therefore, if a woman does not take Altoprev or other cholesterol medications while nursing, 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 until starting Altoprev.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and Altoprev. 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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