If you are taking Procardia XL and breastfeeding at the same time, it is important to know that the drug does pass through breast milk to the nursing infant. Due to the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Procardia XL does not recommend that women take the drug while breastfeeding. However, many sources report that Procardia XL is probably safe to take while breastfeeding.
Procardia XL and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Procardia XL® (nifedipine) is passed through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Procardia XL does not recommend that women take Procardia XL while breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
Procardia XL and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Procardia XL is passed through breast milk in low amounts. However, in documented cases of women using Procardia XL during breastfeeding, no harmful effects were seen in the infants. Many sources report that Procardia XL is probably compatible with breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Procardia XL and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Procardia XL and breastfeeding. This is because everyone'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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Procardia XL and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Procardia XL [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer, Inc.;2010 February.
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