Delsym and Breastfeeding

The full risks of breastfeeding while using Delsym (dextromethorphan polistirex) are currently unknown, as no studies have been done on this topic. If you can tolerate your cough, it is probably a good idea to avoid Delsym. However, if you are unable to sleep or if the cough is intolerable, discuss your options with your healthcare provider before taking this medication while nursing.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Delsym?

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

Information on Delsym and Breastfeeding

No studies have been done to see if Delsym passes through breast milk, and it is unknown if this medication would have any negative effects on a nursing child. However, many healthcare providers consider dextromethorphan (the active ingredient in Delsym) to be acceptable for use during breastfeeding, especially because the drug is sometimes used in infants as young as one month of age in products other than Delsym.
 
If you can "suffer" with your cough, it is probably best to do so. However, if the cough is intolerable, ask your healthcare provider if Delsym would be an acceptable choice for your particular situation. For instance, if you are recovering from a cesarean section, coughing may be quite painful, and the benefits of Delsym may outweigh the risks for your situation.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Delsym 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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