No research has been done on albuterol and breastfeeding to see if the medication passes through breast milk. However, it is thought that albuterol is probably safe for most women who are breastfeeding. If you decide to breastfeed your baby while using albuterol, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Albuterol and Breastfeeding: An Overview
It is not known if albuterol passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of albuterol recommends that healthcare providers consider the possible risks and benefits before recommending albuterol to women who are breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
Albuterol and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
No research has been done to see if albuterol is passed through breast milk. However, it is thought that albuterol is probably safe for most women who are breastfeeding. If your healthcare provider recommends taking albuterol while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Albuterol and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about albuterol and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. After considering what you want and expect (and your current health situation), you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about albuterol and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Package insert information for albuterol is available throughout the eMedTV Web site. Look up the specific albuterol product you are taking for package insert information.
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