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Several medications are passed through breast milk, including Pentasa. Breastfeeding women who are taking the drug should use caution and watch for diarrhea or other side effects in their infant. Since potentially serious side effects may occur in the nursing infant, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about Pentasa and breastfeeding with regards to your particular situation.

Pentasa and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Pentasa® (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 nursing women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of it, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.

Pentasa and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

There have been reports of diarrhea in breastfed infants whose mothers took mesalamine (the active ingredient in Pentasa). If your healthcare provider recommends that you take Pentasa while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for diarrhea and any other side effects in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Pentasa and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Pentasa 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 Pentasa and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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