In animal studies on breastfeeding and Zipsor (diclofenac potassium), the medication was shown to pass through breast milk. However, it is not known if this is also true in humans. Therefore, it is recommended to watch for any changes or problems in your child (such as blood in the stool or unusual fussiness). Before taking Zipsor, nursing women should first consult their healthcare providers.
Is Zipsor Safe for Breastfeeding Women?
At this time, it is unknown if Zipsor™ (diclofenac potassium) passes through breast milk in humans. As a result, it is not clear if the drug is safe for use in breastfeeding women.
The manufacturer of Zipsor suggests that breastfeeding women should not take this medication. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of taking Zipsor.
What Does the Research Say?
Although no research has been done to see if diclofenac (the active ingredient in Zipsor) passes through breast milk in humans, it is known that it passes through breast milk in animals.
Because diclofenac is cleared from the body quickly, however, it is not expected that Zipsor use in nursing women would cause serious problems for the nursing child in most cases. However, it is a good idea to watch for any changes or problems in your child. In particular, watch for blood in the stool, unusual fussiness, or other unexplained changes.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Breastfeeding and Zipsor
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking Zipsor. 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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