In animal studies, one of the components of Vytorin was shown to pass through breast milk. However, it is unknown whether the drug passes through human breast milk. If you are thinking about breastfeeding while taking Vytorin, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the possible risks.
Breastfeeding and Vytorin: An Overview
It is unknown if Vytorin® (ezetimibe/simvastatin) is safe for use during breastfeeding. The manufacturer recommends that women not breastfeed while taking this drug. However, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking this Vytorin if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.
Can I Take Vytorin While Breastfeeding?
No studies have been done to see if simvastatin (one of the components of Vytorin) passes through breast milk in humans. Studies have shown that ezetimibe (the other component) does pass through breast milk in rats, although it is not known if the same is true for humans. It is also not clear if Vytorin would cause significant problems in a nursing infant. More importantly, the effects of high cholesterol do not cause problems for many years or even decades. Therefore, if a woman does not take Vytorin 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 treatment.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking Vytorin. 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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