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Bisoprolol and Breastfeeding

Animal studies have shown that bisoprolol passes through breast milk in rats. However, it is not clear whether the same is true for humans. Since this medication can lower blood pressure and decrease heart rate, it could cause problems in a nursing infant. Before taking bisoprolol, breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare providers.

Can a Breastfeeding Woman Take Bisoprolol?

At this time, it is unknown if bisoprolol fumarate (Zebeta®) passes through breast milk in humans. Bisoprolol is a beta blocker medication that can lower blood pressure and decrease the heart rate. It could potentially cause problems in a nursing infant. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking this drug if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.
 

Research on Bisoprolol and Breastfeeding

Studies have shown that bisoprolol passes through breast milk in rats in small amounts. However, it is not clear if the same is true for humans.
 
Because problems such as a dangerously slow heart rate or very low blood pressure could occur, this medication should be used with caution in women who are nursing. Therefore, if your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to take bisoprolol while breastfeeding, your infant should be monitored to make sure that no serious problems occur.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss any concerns you have about breastfeeding and bisoprolol 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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