The manufacturer of Aciphex does not recommend taking this drug if you are nursing. Although it is unclear if the medicine passes through human breast milk, it has been shown to pass through the breast milk of rats. Talk with your healthcare provider if you are thinking about breastfeeding while taking Aciphex. Together, the two of you can make the best choice for your situation.
Is Aciphex Safe When Breastfeeding?
At this time, it is unknown if Aciphex® (rabeprazole) is safe for use while breastfeeding. The manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding women not take Aciphex. Therefore, if you are nursing, be sure to discuss this issue with your healthcare provider before taking this medication.
What Does the Research Say?
Aciphex accumulates in breast milk in rats. This means that the levels of the drug in breast milk are significant higher than the levels in the mother's bloodstream. It is unknown if Aciphex passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if your healthcare provider recommends taking Aciphex while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any symptoms of problems or unusual changes in your baby.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding while taking Aciphex with your healthcare provider. Everyone'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 about Aciphex and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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National Library of Medicine (US). Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMED). NLM Web site. Available at: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT. Accessed October 16, 2009.
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