If you are taking diltiazem and breastfeeding at the same time, it is important to know that the medication does pass through breast milk. Due to the serious side effects that could potentially occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of diltiazem does not recommend that women use the drug when breastfeeding. However, many sources believe that taking diltiazem and breastfeeding at the same time is probably safe.
Is Diltiazem Safe to Take When Breastfeeding?
Diltiazem hydrochloride does pass through breast milk. Because of the serious side effects that could potentially occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of diltiazem does not recommend that women use the medication when breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
Diltiazem and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Although it is known that diltiazem passes through breast milk, it is not known how the medication might affect a breastfed infant. However, many sources report that diltiazem is compatible with breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Diltiazem and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about diltiazem 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 diltiazem and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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