Rowasa and Breastfeeding

Certain people should use caution while taking Rowasa. Breastfeeding women, for example, should talk with their healthcare providers prior to taking the medication, due to the potential side effects that could occur in the nursing infant. Since Rowasa, which is used as a rectal enema, is absorbed into the bloodstream in low levels, it is not known whether Rowasa passes through breast milk. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about Rowasa and breastfeeding for your particular situation.

An Overview of Rowasa and Breastfeeding

Because of the potential serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Rowasa® (mesalamine) recommends that the drug be used cautiously in women who are breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding and have been prescribed Rowasa, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.

What Does the Research Say About Rowasa and Breastfeeding?

Mesalamine (the active ingredient of Rowasa) passes through breast milk when taken orally. However, since mesalamine is not absorbed well into the bloodstream when taken rectally, it is not known if Rowasa can pass through breast milk. If your healthcare provider recommends using Rowasa while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Rowasa and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Rowasa and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. After considering what you want and expect (and your current health situation), you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Rowasa and breastfeeding for your particular situation.
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