Norpace and Breastfeeding

Norpace does pass through breast milk. Although no problems have been reported in the nursing infants of mothers who used Norpace while breastfeeding, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that nursing women avoid it, due to the risk of potentially serious side effects. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about whether it is appropriate for you to use this drug while nursing.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Norpace?

Norpace® (disopyramide) is a prescription antiarrhythmia medication approved for use in people who have irregular heart rhythms. It is used when the heart rhythm problems are life-threatening. Norpace is known to pass through breast milk in humans.

More Information About Norpace and Breastfeeding

There are numerous cases of women who took Norpace while breastfeeding. In all of these cases, the drug was shown to pass through breast milk. However, no problems from Norpace were reported in any of the nursing infants. Based on the amount found in the breast milk of the women, investigators estimate that a nursing infant would receive approximately 1.3 percent to 8 percent of the mother's daily dose.
The manufacturer of Norpace recommends the drug not be used in breastfeeding women, due to the potential for serious side effects in the nursing child. However, other experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), consider Norpace safe to use while breastfeeding.
If your healthcare provider recommends Norpace while you are breastfeeding, make sure to closely observe your infant for any potential Norpace side effects. Some of the possible side effects may include:
  • Constipation
  • A change in the amount your child urinates
  • Dryness of the eyes, nose, or mouth.
Let your child's healthcare provider know if you notice any of these symptoms, or anything else that seems out of the ordinary for your child.
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