Canasa and breastfeeding is generally considered a safe combination. When mesalamine (the active ingredient of Canasa) is taken orally, it passes through breast milk. Since Canasa is used as a rectal suppository, however, it is not known whether enough of it is absorbed into the bloodstream to be passed through breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about Canasa and breastfeeding so that he or she can make a safe recommendation.
Canasa and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Canasa® (mesalamine) is passed through breast milk. As a result, because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer recommends that the drug be used with caution in pregnant women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
Canasa and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
When taken orally, mesalamine (the active ingredient of Canasa) passes through breast milk. However, it is not known if Canasa (which is used as a rectal suppository) is absorbed into the bloodstream enough to be passed through breast milk. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Canasa while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Canasa and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Canasa and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. After considering what you want and expect (as well as your current health situation), you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Canasa and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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