According to the manufacturer of Daliresp (roflumilast), breastfeeding women should not take this medication. Although this drug does pass through breast milk in rats, it is not known if it passes through human breast milk or if it would cause harm to a breastfed infant. If you are nursing, talk to your healthcare provider about the potential risks of Daliresp.
Can Breastfeeding Women Take Daliresp?
Daliresp™ (roflumilast) is a prescription medication used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). At this time, it is unknown if Daliresp passes through human breast milk. The manufacturer of the medication recommends that women should not take this medication while nursing. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Daliresp.
More Information on Daliresp and Breastfeeding
Although studies have shown that Daliresp passes through breast milk in rats, no research has been done to see if it passes through breast milk in humans. While this lack of information is certainly frustrating, it is important to understand that studies of medications are rarely done in breastfeeding women, as this would usually expose an infant, who may not directly benefit from the medication, to possible risks.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and Daliresp use 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
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Daliresp [package insert]. St. Louis, MO: Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc.;2011 February.
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