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It is not known if Pradaxa (dabigatran) passes through breast milk in humans. Because this medication is typically only used in serious situations, the benefits of taking it probably outweigh the benefits of breastfeeding. Also, Pradaxa might cause life-threatening internal bleeding if a breastfed infant was exposed to this drug through breast milk.
Is Pradaxa Safe While Breastfeeding?Currently, it is unknown if Pradaxa® (dabigatran etexilate mesylate) is safe for use while breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider before taking this medication while nursing.
More Information on Breastfeeding and PradaxaNo studies have checked to see if Pradaxa passes through breast milk in humans. It is entirely unknown if this medication could cause problems for breastfed infants.
However, because the drug predictably increases the risk of bleeding, it seems reasonable to assume that a breastfed infant exposed to Pradaxa would have a higher risk of dangerous bleeding, including life-threatening internal bleeding.
If your healthcare provider recommends Pradaxa for you, it may be best to stop breastfeeding. Pradaxa can be a life-saving medication and is generally only used in serious situations. The benefits of taking Pradaxa (for you) probably outweigh the benefits of breastfeeding (for both you and the child).