WelChol and Breastfeeding

Because WelChol (colesevelam) stays in the digestive tract, it is not expected to pass through breast milk. However, the drug can decrease the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, so you may want to take a multivitamin at least four hours before taking WelChol. To learn more about WelChol and breastfeeding, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.

WelChol and Breastfeeding: An Overview

WelChol® (colesevelam hydrochloride) does not pass through breast milk. It is considered safe for most breastfeeding women. However, it is always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking any medication while breastfeeding.

Is WelChol Safe While Breastfeeding?

WelChol is not absorbed into the body (it stays in the digestive tract). As a result, it is not expected to pass through breast milk and is unlikely to directly affect a breastfed infant in any way.
However, the drug can decrease the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Since breastfeeding women usually have an increased need for vitamins (compared to other adults), it is a good idea to take a multivitamin or a prenatal vitamin while on WelChol. Vitamins should be taken at least four hours beforehand to prevent any WelChol drug interactions.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About WelChol and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about WelChol and breastfeeding. 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 WelChol and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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