Although studies have not been done on Colazal and breastfeeding, healthcare providers believe that byproducts of the medication, at the very least, are likely passed to the nursing infant. The manufacturer recommends that the drug be used with caution in such cases. If you are taking Colazal and breastfeeding at the same time, watch for diarrhea and other side effects in your baby.
An Overview of Colazal and Breastfeeding
It is not known if Colazal® (balsalazide disodium) is passed through breast milk. However, because of the potential serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Colazal recommends that the drug be used with caution in nursing women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding while taking Colazal, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
What Does the Research Say About Colazal and Breastfeeding?
No research has been done to see if Colazal passes through breast milk. However, it is likely that some of the byproducts of the medication are passed to the nursing infant. The Colazal molecule itself is inactive; when it reaches the colon, bacteria enzymes split the molecule, releasing the active forms of the medication. Studies suggest that the active forms of Colazal are likely to pass through breast milk. If your healthcare provider recommends Colazal while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for diarrhea or any other side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Colazal and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Colazal 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 Colazal and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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