Serevent and Breastfeeding

Because no studies have been done involving Serevent and breastfeeding, it is not known whether the drug is passed through breast milk. However, it is believed that the medication is probably safe to use while breastfeeding. This is because very low levels of Serevent enter the bloodstream during inhalation, which means it is unlikely that the drug would be passed through breast milk in high enough levels to cause problems to the nursing baby.

An Overview of Serevent and Breastfeeding

It is not known if Serevent® (salmeterol xinafoate) is passed through breast milk. Because of the potential serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Serevent recommends that healthcare providers consider the possible risks and benefits before recommending Serevent to a woman who is breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding and have been prescribed Serevent, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.

What Does the Research Say About Serevent and Breastfeeding?

No research has been done to see if Serevent is passed through breast milk. Because the levels of Serevent that enter the bloodstream are usually very low, it is unlikely that the medication would be passed through breast milk in high enough levels to cause problems to a nursing baby. It is thought that Serevent is probably safe for most women who are breastfeeding. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Serevent while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Serevent and Breastfeeding

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