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It is generally recommended that breastfeeding women avoid taking Simcor (niacin extended-release/simvastatin). At this time, it is not known whether the active components of the medication pass through breast milk or if the drug would cause significant problems in a nursing infant. Since every woman's situation is different, you should talk to your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and Simcor in your particular situation.

Is Using Simcor While Breastfeeding Safe?

It is unknown if Simcor® (niacin extended-release/simvastatin) is safe for use during breastfeeding. Currently, it is recommended that breastfeeding women avoid taking Simcor. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Simcor if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.

Simcor and Breastfeeding Risks

It is not known if high doses of niacin (such as the dose in Simcor tablets) are safe for use while breastfeeding. Additionally, no studies have been done to see if simvastatin (the other active ingredient in Simcor) passes through breast milk in humans. It is also not clear if Simcor would cause significant problems in a breastfed infant.
Importantly, the effects of high cholesterol do not cause problems for many years (or even decades). Therefore, if a woman does not take Simcor 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 Simcor.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and Simcor. 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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