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Clinical studies on Chantix and breastfeeding show that the drug passes through breast milk in animals. However, it is not known whether the medication is passed through breast milk in humans because no studies have been done. Since there are potential risks involved, be sure to watch for any side effects in your infant if you are taking Chantix and breastfeeding.

Chantix and Breastfeeding: An Overview

It is unknown if Chantix™ (varenicline tartrate) passes through breast milk in women. However, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that women avoid breastfeeding while taking it.

Chantix and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

No studies have been conducted on whether Chantix passes through breast milk in humans. However, it is known that the medicine passes through breast milk in animals. If your healthcare provider recommends that you take Chantix while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your infant.
It is important to remember that smoking is unhealthy for your baby. Even if you and your healthcare provider decide that Chantix is not right for you, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about other steps you can take to stop smoking.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Chantix and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Chantix and breastfeeding. 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Chantix and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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