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Cardene and Breastfeeding

If you are taking Cardene and breastfeeding at the same time, it is important to know that the medication does pass through your breast milk. The manufacturer of Cardene recommends that women who are breastfeeding avoid using Cardene due to the potentially serious side effects that could occur to the nursing infant. However, the full risks to the baby are not known, and several sources report that Cardene is probably safe to take while breastfeeding.

Cardene and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Cardene® (nicardipine hydrochloride) does pass through breast milk. Because of the serious side effects that could potentially occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Cardene does not recommend that women who are breastfeeding take Cardene. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.

Cardene and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Cardene does pass through breast milk in low amounts. It is not fully known what effects these low levels of Cardene may have on a breastfeeding infant. Several sources report that Cardene is probably compatible with breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Cardene and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Cardene and breastfeeding. This is because everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. Based on what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Cardene and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
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