One of the active ingredients in Zegerid (omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate) does pass through human breast milk. Although the potential risks to the nursing baby are unknown, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that women avoid taking Zegerid while breastfeeding. If you want to breastfeed your child, there are alternative heartburn medications available.
Can Breastfeeding Women Take Zegerid?
Zegerid® (omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of the prescription version of Zegerid recommends that women avoid taking this medication while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are nursing a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Zegerid.
What Does the Research Say?
Omeprazole (one of the active ingredients in Zegerid) is known to pass through breast milk in humans. It is unknown what effects (if any) omeprazole would cause in an infant exposed to the drug through breast milk.
Studies have shown that lansoprazole (a very similar medication) passes through breast milk in rats. The manufacturers of lansoprazole suggest that women avoid taking the medication while breastfeeding, as there is theoretically an increased risk of cancer 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 Zegerid 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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