Because no research has been done on Foradil and breastfeeding, it is unknown if the medication passes through breast milk. However, because the level of Foradil in the blood is usually low, it is unlikely that it would be passed in high enough doses to cause harm to the nursing infant. If you take Foradil while breastfeeding, watch for any side effects or changes in your nursing baby.
Foradil and Breastfeeding: An Overview
It is not known if Foradil® (formoterol fumarate) is passed through breast milk. However, because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer recommends that healthcare providers consider the possible risks and benefits before recommending Foradil for women who are breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.
Foradil and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
No research has been done to see if Foradil is passed through breast milk. Because the usual recommended dosage of Foradil only causes very low levels of the medication in the blood, it is unlikely that it would be passed through breast milk in high enough levels to cause problems to the nursing infant. Therefore, it is thought that Foradil is probably safe for most women who are breastfeeding. If your healthcare provider recommends the drug while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Foradil and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Foradil 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 Foradil and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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