In studies on Pravachol, the medication was shown to pass through breast milk in humans. These amounts were small, however, and it is not clear if the drug would cause significant problems in a nursing infant. Before taking Pravachol, breastfeeding women may want to wean their child first to help prevent any potential risks.
Pravachol and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Pravachol® (pravastatin sodium) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding women avoid taking the drug. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Pravachol if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.
Can I Take Pravachol While Breastfeeding?
Studies have shown that Pravachol passes through breast milk in humans in small amounts. However, it is not clear if this would cause significant problems in a breastfed infant. It is important to note that the effects of high cholesterol do not cause problems for many years or even decades. Therefore, if a woman does not take Pravachol 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 before starting this drug.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks in your situation. 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 about Pravachol and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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