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Sprix and Breastfeeding

The active ingredient in Sprix (ketorolac nasal spray) has been shown to pass through breast milk. While some healthcare providers believe it is safe to breastfeed while using Sprix, the potential risks to the child are unknown at this time. Because of this, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider before using Sprix if you are breastfeeding.

Can I Use Sprix While Breastfeeding?

Sprix™ (ketorolac nasal spray) is known to pass through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of Sprix recommends that women use this medication with caution while nursing a child.
However, some experts consider the medication compatible with breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, it is best to talk with your healthcare provider before using Sprix.

What Does the Research Say?

One clinical study looked at how much ketorolac, the active ingredient in Sprix, passes into breast milk. In this study, 10 women were given ketorolac and had the levels of the medication in their breast milk measured.
Ketorolac was found in very small amounts in the breast milk of six of the women -- it was not found at all in the breast milk of the other four. The investigators concluded that the amount of ketorolac found in breast milk was too small to harm a breastfed infant.
While some experts believe ketorolac is compatible with breastfeeding, others believe there is not enough available information to consider the medication safe for use during breastfeeding. Sprix itself has not been studied in breastfeeding women or nursing infants. Therefore, it is fair to say that at this time, the full effects of using Sprix while nursing are unknown.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Sprix use 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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