Prior to taking a medication like Entocort EC (budesonide EC), breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare provider about the possible risks. Because the medication does pass through breast milk, side effects may occur in the nursing infant. As a matter of fact, the manufacturer of Entocort EC has recommended that women avoid taking Entocort EC when breastfeeding due to the serious side effects that could potentially occur in the nursing infant.
Is Entocort Safe for Use When Breastfeeding?
Entocort® EC (budesonide EC) passes through breast milk in women. Because of the serious side effects that could potentially occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Entocort EC recommends that women not take the medication when breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding and have been prescribed Entocort EC, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
Entocort and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Studies have shown that budesonide (the active ingredient of Entocort EC) passes through breast milk in humans. If your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to take Entocort EC while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects or changes in your infant.
In general, very little information is known about the effects of taking most medications when breastfeeding, because it is usually considered unethical to study medications in breastfeeding women. Although this lack of information can be frustrating, it is important to understand that this is done to protect babies (who cannot protect themselves).
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Entocort and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Entocort EC and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand 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 Entocort EC and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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