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Talacen and Breastfeeding

Both of the active ingredients in Talacen (acetaminophen and pentazocine) are expected to pass through breast milk. The acetaminophen component appears to be safe for a nursing infant; however, it is unknown whether the amount of pentazocine that passes through breast milk would harm a nursing child. The manufacturer of Talacen recommends breastfeeding women use this drug with caution.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Talacen?

Talacen® (acetaminophen and pentazocine) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of mild-to-moderate pain in people 12 years of age and older. Talacen passes through breast milk. The manufacturer of the medicine recommends it be used with caution in breastfeeding women.
 

More Information on Breastfeeding and Talacen

Talacen contains a combination of pentazocine, an opioid (narcotic) pain medication, and acetaminophen (Tylenol®), an over-the-counter (OTC) medicine used to reduce pain and fever. Both active components of Talacen are expected to pass through breast milk.
 
Acetaminophen is expected to pass through breast milk in small amounts, but it appears to be safe for a nursing infant. However, it is unknown whether the amount of pentazocine that passes through breast milk would harm a nursing child. Based on the side effects of pentazocine, Talacen could potentially cause problems, such as breathing problems and drowsiness, in an infant.
 
If your healthcare provider recommends taking Talacen while breastfeeding, make sure to carefully observe your child for any potential Talacen side effects, and report them immediately to your child's healthcare provider. Signs of Talacen side effects may include:
 
  • Unusual sleepiness
  • Breathing problems
  • Difficulty feeding
  • More limpness than usual.
 
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