Livalo and Breastfeeding

Although Livalo (pitavastatin) has been shown to pass through breast milk in rats, it is unknown whether the drug passes through human breast milk. The manufacturer of the drug recommends that women not take Livalo while breastfeeding. If you are nursing or plan to start, talk to your healthcare provider about the potential risks before taking this drug.

Is Livalo Safe While Breastfeeding?

Livalo® (pitavastatin) is a medication used to treat high cholesterol. It belongs to a class of medications commonly called "statins." It is unknown whether this medication passes through breast milk. However, the manufacturer recommends that this drug not be used in women who are nursing. If you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Livalo.
 

More Information on Breastfeeding and Livalo

No studies have been done to see if Livalo passes through breast milk in humans, although it is known to pass through the breast milk of rats. Another medication similar to Livalo (another "statin" medication) has been shown to pass through human breast milk.
 
It is also not clear if Livalo would cause significant problems in a breastfed infant. However, because this medication is associated with serious side effects, such as muscle problems, the concern exists that it could also cause such problems in a nursing infant.
 
It takes years for high cholesterol to cause significant health problems. If a woman does not take Livalo or other cholesterol medications while she is breastfeeding, it will likely not impact her long-term health. Therefore, it is probably best to avoid using this medication while breastfeeding.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Livalo 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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