Dextromethorphan and Breastfeeding

Although no research has been done on dextromethorphan and breastfeeding, it is thought that this drug would likely pass through breast milk in women. However, it is believed that any amounts of the drug passed through the breast milk would be lower than doses sometimes given to infants. Before taking this drug, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare provider about the potential risks.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Dextromethorphan?

It is unknown whether dextromethorphan passes through breast milk. However, based on the properties of the medicine, it is likely that this drug would pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are nursing a child or are thinking about it, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this medication.
 

More Information on Dextromethorphan and Breastfeeding

No studies have been done to see if dextromethorphan passes through breast milk. It is also unknown if this medication would harm a nursing child. However, many sources consider dextromethorphan safe for use while nursing, especially in infants older than one month of age. This is because, with normal use, any amounts of the drug found in breast milk are expected to be lower than doses sometimes given to infants.
 
It should be noted, however, that dextromethorphan is generally not recommended for use in children younger than two years of age. In addition, dextromethorphan products that contain alcohol should be avoided while nursing.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and dextromethorphan use 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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