Before starting a medication like Lialda, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare provider about the possible risks involved. Since the medication is known to pass through breast milk, side effects (like diarrhea) may occur in the nursing infant. If you are taking Lialda and breastfeeding at the same time, be sure to watch for these and other side effects in your child.
Lialda and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Lialda® (mesalamine) is passed through breast milk. 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.
Lialda and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
There have been reports of diarrhea in breastfed infants whose mothers took mesalamine (the active ingredient in Lialda). If your healthcare provider recommends Lialda while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for diarrhea and any other side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Lialda and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Lialda 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 Lialda and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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