Benzonatate and Breastfeeding

The full risks of breastfeeding while using benzonatate (Tessalon) are currently unknown, since no studies have been done on this topic. If you are considering nursing during treatment with this medication, be sure to discuss your health situation and expectations with your healthcare provider.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Benzonatate?

At this time, it is unknown if benzonatate (Tessalon®) passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, you should check with your healthcare provider before taking this drug while breastfeeding.
 

More Information on Breastfeeding and Benzonatate

No studies have been done to see if benzonatate passes through breast milk, and it is unknown if this medication would have any negative effects on a nursing child. This lack of information is somewhat surprising, since benzonatate is a commonly used medication that has been around for quite some time (it was approved in the 1950s).
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss benzonatate and breastfeeding with your healthcare provider. 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, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
 
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