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Talwin Nx and Breastfeeding

The manufacturer of Talwin Nx (pentazocine/naloxone) recommends that women use this drug with caution while nursing. This is because the drug does pass through breast milk. Due to the potentially serious side effects associated with this drug, such as breathing problems and difficulty feeding, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider before taking Talwin Nx while breastfeeding.

Is Taking Talwin Nx While Breastfeeding Safe?

Talwin® Nx (pentazocine/naloxone) is a prescription medication approved to help relieve moderate-to-severe pain. This medication passes through breast milk. The manufacturer recommends it be used with caution in breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk to your healthcare provider before taking this drug.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Talwin Nx

Talwin Nx is a combination medication that contains two active ingredients. Pentazocine, one of the active ingredients, has been shown to pass through breast milk and, therefore, could potentially cause problems in a nursing child, such as breathing problems or unusual drowsiness. Naloxone, the other component of the drug, is not absorbed well into the bloodstream when swallowed and is not expected to cause problems for a nursing infant.
If your healthcare provider recommends breastfeeding while taking Talwin Nx, watch your infant closely for any potential problems and, if problems occur, report them immediately to your child's healthcare provider. Such problems could include:
  • Unusual sleepiness
  • Breathing problems
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Limpness.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Talwin Nx 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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