Can Breastfeeding Women Take Dexilant?
At this time, it is not known if Dexilant
) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of Dexilant recommends that women avoid taking this medication while nursing a child. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Dexilant.
What Does the Research Say About Dexilant and Breastfeeding?
No studies have been done to see if Dexilant passes through breast milk in humans or in animals. Studies have shown that lansoprazole
(a very similar medication) passes through breast milk in rats. The manufacturer of Dexilant suggests that breastfeeding women avoid taking this drug, as there is a theoretical increased risk of cancers or tumors (based on studies of lansoprazole in rats).
Because of the unknown risks, a different medication may be a better option.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and Dexilant 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.