Accolate and Breastfeeding

In animal studies, newborn dogs and rats that were exposed to Accolate appeared to be more sensitive to side effects. While it is known that the drug does pass through breast milk, researchers do not know whether it will cause negative effects in a nursing infant. Talk with your healthcare provider if you have been prescribed Accolate and are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Accolate?

Accolate® (zafirlukast) passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Accolate does not recommend taking Accolate while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding and have been prescribed Accolate, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.

What Does the Research Say About Accolate and Breastfeeding?

Studies have shown that Accolate is passed through breast milk. However, it is not known if Accolate will cause any negative effects in a breastfed infant. In animal studies, newborn dogs and rats seemed to be more sensitive to Accolate side effects. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Accolate while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

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