Xolair and Breastfeeding

Because no human studies have been conducted on Xolair and breastfeeding, it is not known whether the medication is passed through breast milk in humans. However, the drug does pass through breast milk in monkeys -- and it is likely that it passes through breast milk in humans as well. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Xolair recommends that women use caution when taking Xolair while breastfeeding.

An Overview of Xolair and Breastfeeding

Xolair® (omalizumab) is a prescription medication used to treat asthma and chronic hives. It is part of a group of medications called monoclonal antibodies.
 
It is not known if Xolair passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Xolair recommends that women use caution when taking Xolair while breastfeeding. Therefore, you should make sure to let your healthcare provider know (prior to taking Xolair) if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
 

What Does the Research Say About Xolair and Breastfeeding?

Xolair passes through breast milk in monkeys. Although no human studies have been done involving Xolair and breastfeeding, it is likely that Xolair passes through breast milk in humans as well. It is not known if Xolair would have any negative effects on a breastfed infant. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Xolair while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Xolair and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Xolair 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 Xolair and breastfeeding for your particular situation.
 
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