Animal studies on breastfeeding and the active ingredient in Cambia have shown that the medication does pass through breast milk in animals. However, no research has been done in humans, so it is not known what risks this may present for a nursing infant. Before using Cambia, women who are nursing should consult with their healthcare provider about the potential risks.
Is Cambia Safe for Breastfeeding Women?
It is not known if Cambia™ (diclofenac potassium) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of Cambia suggests that breastfeeding women should not take this medication. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about taking Cambia.
What Does the Research Say?
The active ingredient in Cambia (diclofenac) passes through breast milk in animals. No research has been done to see if diclofenac passes through breast milk in humans.
Because the medication is cleared from the body quickly, it is not expected that using it while breastfeeding would cause serious problems for the breastfed child in most cases. However, it is a good idea to watch for any changes or problems in your child.
It can be very difficult for breastfeeding women to decide exactly how to handle migraines while breastfeeding. While the health and safety of your child is of the utmost importance, it is also important for you to be well enough to properly care for your child (which can be difficult during a migraine). It is a good idea to discuss all your concerns with your healthcare provider and your child's healthcare provider.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Breastfeeding and Cambia
You should talk with your healthcare provider about taking this drug while 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 breastfeeding and Cambia that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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