There have been reports of diarrhea in breastfed infants whose mothers have taken Asacol. If you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding and have been prescribed Asacol, it is important that you talk with your healthcare provider. The two of you can make a shared decision about Asacol and breastfeeding for your particular situation.
Asacol® (mesalamine) is passed through breast milk. Because of the potential serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Asacol recommends that Asacol be used cautiously in breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding and have been prescribed Asacol, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
What Does the Research Say About Asacol and Breastfeeding?
Asacol passes through breast milk. There have been reports of diarrhea in breastfed infants whose mothers have taken Asacol. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Asacol while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for diarrhea and any other side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Asacol and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Asacol and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. After considering what you want and expect (and your current health situation), you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Asacol and breastfeeding for your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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