The manufacturer of Percocet does not recommend taking the drug while breastfeeding. However, every woman's situation is different, and many healthcare providers are comfortable prescribing the drug temporarily to treat pain after delivering a baby. If you are taking Percocet and breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any changes in your baby, such as breathing or feeding problems.
Can I Take Percocet While Breastfeeding?
The two medications in Percocet® (oxycodone/APAP) both pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or are thinking about breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Percocet. The manufacturer does not recommend that women use this medication while breastfeeding.
What Does the Research Say About Percocet and Breastfeeding?
The acetaminophen (Tylenol®) component of Percocet passes through breast milk, but it is not likely to cause problems (see Tylenol and Breastfeeding). However, the oxycodone component is a narcotic and could cause significant problems in a nursing infant. Percocet is often used to treat pain after delivering a baby, and many healthcare providers are comfortable recommending it for this use. However, it is a good idea to watch for any changes in your baby, such as breathing problems, excessive sleeping, or feeding problems, if you take Percocet while breastfeeding.
Discussing Percocet and Breastfeeding With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Percocet and breastfeeding. 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 about Percocet and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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