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Although Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) does pass through breast milk, it is unknown if it would cause problems in a nursing infant. Generally, omega-3 fatty acids in regular dietary amounts are considered safe for use in nursing women. However, because the omega-3 fatty acid found in Vascepa is a high amount and is chemically altered, it is unknown if Vascepa is safe for use while breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Vascepa?

Vascepa™ (icosapent ethyl) passes through breast milk. Therefore, make sure to ask your healthcare provider about the possible risks and benefits before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
 

More Information About Vascepa and Breastfeeding

Research has shown that omega-3-acid ethyl esters, such as Vascepa, pass through breast milk. However, it is not known if Vascepa would cause any problems if it passes through breast milk.
 
Although eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is a naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acid that is likely safe for use in breastfeeding women in regular dietary amounts, it is not known if high doses (such as those found in Vascepa) are safe for infants. Similarly, the EPA in Vascepa has been chemically altered (making it an ethyl ester) in order to help concentrate and refine it. It is unknown if this chemical alteration changes the safety issues associated with using the medication in breastfeeding women.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Vascepa use 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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