I was prescribed tramadol during my pregnancy for my migraines and back pain. Is it ok to take it now that I'm breastfeeding?
No, you cannot take tramadol while breastfeeding. According to Drugs.com:
"FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether tramadol will harm an unborn baby. Tramadol may cause serious or fatal side effects in a newborn if the mother uses this medication during pregnancy or labor. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Tramadol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking tramadol. Do not give this medication to anyone younger than 16 years old without the advice of a doctor."
Talk to your doctor about an analgesic you can safely take while breastfeeding.
I would say if your Dr gave it while knowing you were pregnant, and you took it throughout your pregnancy then it wont hurt the child to get it in the breast milk. It is not usually something given during pregnancy. The way I look at it, the child was exposed to the drug more so in the uterus than he would be from breast milk. If you took it while pregnant and it didnt hurt him/her, then it should hurt them in the breast milk. Ask your Dr to be sure.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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