In clinical studies on breastfeeding and furosemide, the medication was shown to pass through breast milk. However, there have been no reports of problems in either nursing mothers or their infants. If you are taking this drug and breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects or unusual changes in your infant -- just to be safe.
Can I Take Furosemide While Breastfeeding?
Furosemide (Lasix®) passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer recommends that the medication be used with caution in breastfeeding women. Therefore, be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding while taking this drug.
What Does the Research Say?
While furosemide is passed through breast milk, there have been no reports of problems in women who are nursing or their babies. If your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to take furosemide while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects or unusual changes in your baby.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking furosemide. Every woman's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. Based on 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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