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Although Cytotec (misoprostol) does pass through breast milk in small amounts, there have not been any reports of problems occurring in a nursing infant. However, there are potentially serious side effects, such as diarrhea or vomiting, associated with this drug, so the manufacturer recommends women exercise caution when using Cytotec while breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Cytotec?

Cytotec® (misoprostol) is a prescription medicine approved to reduce the risk for stomach ulcers in people taking certain pain relievers that increase this risk. The drug passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Cytotec.

More Information on Cytotec and Breastfeeding

Cytotec is known to pass through breast milk in small amounts. Drug levels generally reach a peak about one hour after a dose is taken. The amounts found in breast milk are so small that the medication would not be expected to harm a nursing infant. At this time, there have not been any reports of problems in breastfeeding children whose mothers took Cytotec.
Cytotec is a type of prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance naturally found in the body. Natural-occurring prostaglandin is found in breast milk and is thought to play a role in protecting the infant's gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
The manufacturer suggests that the medicine be used with caution in breastfeeding women. This is because Cytotec is associated with potentially serious side effects, including severe diarrhea, which could be harmful to a nursing infant.
Therefore, if your healthcare provider recommends Cytotec while you are breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any potential problems in your child, such as:
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Gas.
If you notice any of these problems, or if something just does not seem right, contact your child's healthcare provider.
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