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No studies have been done on the effects of combining DuoNeb and breastfeeding, so it is not known if the medication passes through breast milk. Therefore, you should talk to your healthcare provider first if you are planning on breastfeeding your infant. If you are taking DuoNeb and breastfeeding at the same time, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
DuoNeb and Breastfeeding: An OverviewAt this time, it is not known if the active ingredients of DuoNeb® (ipratropium and albuterol solution) pass through breast milk. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
DuoNeb and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?No studies have been done to see if albuterol or ipratropium (the active ingredients in DuoNeb) pass through breast milk. It is also not known if DuoNeb would cause any problems in breastfed infants if it does pass through breast milk. If your healthcare provider recommends taking DuoNeb while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
You may be wondering why so many medications (including DuoNeb) have very little information available regarding their use while breastfeeding. In most cases, it is considered unethical to study medications in women who are breastfeeding. Not only are the infants too young to consent to any study, but the infants also stand to obtain little or no benefit from the medication taken by the mother.
Every once in a while, some information can be gathered from women who took a medication just before or after delivery and who chose not to breastfeed. The milk can be collected from these women and analyzed without presenting any risk to the infants. In other cases, women who are breastfeeding choose to take medications, even though the risks are not known. These women and their infants can be studied. However, none of these situations have been reported with DuoNeb, so very little is known about the effects of taking this medication while breastfeeding.