The active ingredient in Metozolv ODT (metoclopramide) does pass through breast milk and can even stimulate milk production. However, using Metozolv ODT as a breastfeeding aid is an off-label use of the drug, and studies have shown that educating women on proper feeding techniques and frequency is more effective. In addition, the possible risks the medication presents may not be worth the benefits.
Can Breastfeeding Women Take Metozolv ODT?
Metozolv™ ODT (orally disintegrating metoclopramide) passes through breast milk in humans. The active ingredient in the drug (metoclopramide) is sometimes used to stimulate breast milk production in women. Thus, it is important to check with your healthcare provider before taking Metozolv ODT while breastfeeding.
What Does the Research Say?
As mentioned, sometimes metoclopramide is used to stimulate breast milk production. It increases the level of prolactin, a hormone important for breastfeeding. Studies have shown that this drug can increase the production of breast milk and may speed up the transition from colostrum to regular breast milk.
However, studies suggest that if mothers are instructed about proper breastfeeding techniques and frequency, metoclopramide is unlikely to provide any additional benefit.
There have been reports of mild problems (such as digestive upset) in breastfed infants whose mothers took metoclopramide.
In addition, depression is one of the possible Metozolv ODT side effects. Since women are at an increased risk for depression after giving birth (known as postpartum depression), taking this medication could make this problem worse. Be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you think you are experiencing postpartum depression.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Breastfeeding and Metozolv ODT
You should discuss Metozolv ODT and breastfeeding 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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