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Breastfeeding - Can I take Carvedilol 3.125 mg twice a day and still breastfeed?

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Rajive Goel 15 Sep 2011

It is unknown whether Carvedilol passes through breast milk in humans. Carvedilol is a "beta blocker" medication that can lower blood pressure and decrease heart rate. It could potentially cause problems in a nursing infant. Please seek medical advice before taking this drug if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.

Studies have shown that Carvedilol passes through breast milk in rats. In these studies, the newborn rats whose mothers were given the medication had a decreased chance for survival. It is unknown if similar problems might occur in humans.

Because of the unknown risks, a different beta blocker (or even a different type of medication) may be a better option. If the doc decides that you should take Carvedilol while breastfeeding, it is a good idea to have your infant's heart rate and blood pressure monitored to make sure no problems are occurring.

You should talk with the doc about breastfeeding and Carvedilol. Each woman's situation is different, and you and the doc would 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.

Take care, be safe & well, please.

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