Lipitor and Breastfeeding

Lipitor has been shown to pass through breast milk in rats. However, since breastfeeding and Lipitor have not been thoroughly studied in humans, it is unknown whether the drug passes through a woman's breast milk and whether it would cause problems for a nursing infant.

Lipitor and Breastfeeding: An Overview

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

Can I Breastfeed While Taking Lipitor?

No studies have been done to see if Lipitor passes through breast milk in humans, although the medication is known to pass through breast milk in rats. It is also not clear if Lipitor would cause significant problems in a breastfed infant. The effects of high cholesterol do not cause problems for many years or even decades. Therefore, if a woman does not take Lipitor 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 Lipitor.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while on Lipitor. 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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