Crestor and Breastfeeding

Although animal studies on Crestor and breastfeeding show that the drug passes through breast milk in rats, it is not known if the same is true for humans. It is also not known whether problems will occur if a nursing infant is exposed to Crestor. Women who are breastfeeding should talk to their healthcare providers before using this medication to help minimize risks.

Breastfeeding and Crestor: An Overview

It is not known if Crestor® (rosuvastatin calcium) is safe for use during breastfeeding, as it is not known if it passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding women avoid taking this medication. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Crestor if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.

Can I Take Crestor While Breastfeeding?

Studies have shown that Crestor passes through breast milk in rats, but it is not known if the same is true for humans. It is also not clear if Crestor would cause significant problems in a breastfed infant. More importantly, the effects of high cholesterol do not cause problems for many years or even decades. Therefore, if a woman does not take Crestor 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 until starting this drug.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss Crestor and breastfeeding 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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