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It is unclear if Tracleer (bosentan) passes through breast milk. However, women are generally advised to not take this drug while breastfeeding. Tracleer is linked to potentially serious side effects, such as liver damage, which could cause complications in a nursing infant. Before using this medicine while nursing, discuss the potential risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Tracleer?

At this time, it is unknown if Tracleer® (bosentan) passes through breast milk. The manufacturer recommends that it not be used in women who are breastfeeding. If you are nursing a child or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this medication.

More Information on Tracleer and Breastfeeding

Tracleer has not been studied in breastfeeding women. Therefore, it is unknown whether the medicine passes through breast milk or if it would harm a nursing child. It is important to understand that studies of medications are rarely done in breastfeeding women, as this would usually expose an infant, who will not directly benefit from the medication, to possible risks. However, based on the properties of the drug, it is expected to pass through breast milk to some extent.
Tracleer is associated with potentially serious side effects, including liver damage. Unfortunately, without additional information about Tracleer and breastfeeding, the possibility that serious side effects could occur in a nursing child cannot be ruled out. For this reason, it is probably safest to avoid breastfeeding when taking this drug.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Tracleer use with your healthcare provider. 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, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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