Lescol and Breastfeeding

In clinical studies, Lescol was shown to pass through breast milk in significant amounts. The levels of the drug in breast milk were twice as high as levels in the blood. However, it is not known whether significant problems would occur in a nursing infant exposed to Lescol. Breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare providers before using this medicine.

Lescol and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Lescol® (fluvastatin sodium) passes through breast milk in humans. Because of the theoretical risks to a nursing child, the manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding women avoid taking Lescol. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking this drug if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.

Can I Breastfeed and Take Lescol?

Studies have shown that Lescol passes through breast milk in humans in significant amounts. Levels of Lescol in breast milk are twice as high as levels in the blood. However, it is not clear if the medication would cause significant problems in a nursing infant. The effects of high cholesterol do not cause problems for many years or even decades. Therefore, if a woman does not take Lescol or other cholesterol medications while 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 starting Lescol.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Lescol 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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