Multaq and Breastfeeding

Animal studies on breastfeeding and Multaq (dronedarone) show that the medication passes through breast milk in rats, but it is not known whether the same is true for humans. In the animal studies, the drug caused a number of problems in the baby rats. Before taking Multaq, women who are nursing should first talk to their healthcare providers about the potential risks.

Is Multaq Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

At this time, it is unknown if Multaq® (dronedarone) is safe for use by breastfeeding women. The manufacturer of Multaq states that nursing women should not take this medication. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking this product if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.

What Are the Risks?

Although Multaq is known to pass through breast milk in rats, it is unknown if the same is true for humans. In the rat studies, giving Multaq to the mother rats caused slightly decreased weight gain in the baby rats. More importantly, though, Multaq is an arrhythmia medication that can cause dangerous, potentially life-threatening side effects. It could potentially cause serious problems in a breastfed infant.
Because this medication is not recommended for breastfeeding women, alternative medications are usually chosen (or breastfeeding is discouraged if no other alternatives are acceptable).

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Breastfeeding and Multaq

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