If you are taking Axid and breastfeeding at the same time, the medicine can be passed through breast milk to your baby. However, because the amount of medicine that passes to breast milk is very low, the risks to a nursing baby are also probably low. If you are using Axid to treat a serious condition, your healthcare provider may advise you to keep taking the drug while breastfeeding. If you are treating a less serious condition, your healthcare provider may recommend stopping Axid while breastfeeding.
Axid and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Axid® (nizatidine) is passed through breast milk in small amounts. The manufacturer of Axid suggests that women who have been prescribed Axid and are breastfeeding should either stop breastfeeding or stop taking Axid. This suggestion is based on concerns raised by slow growth in breastfeeding baby rats.
Practically, when healthcare providers are asked about Axid and breastfeeding, they oftentimes advise their patients that it is okay to breastfeed while taking the medication. This is because, in many cases, the benefits of breastfeeding a child outweigh the possible risks.
Axid and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
One study has looked at using Axid in breastfeeding women. In this study, Axid was passed through breast milk in very low amounts. While it is not known how these low amounts of Axid might affect a growing baby, the risks are probably low. If you are using Axid to treat a more serious condition (such as ulcers), your healthcare provider may recommend taking Axid while breastfeeding. However, if you are taking Axid for a less serious condition (such as indigestion or heartburn), your healthcare provider may recommend stopping Axid while breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Axid and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Axid and breastfeeding. This is because everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. Based on what you want and expect and your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Axid and breastfeeding for your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Axid [package insert]. Liberty Corner, NJ: Reliant Pharmaceuticals;2005 March.
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