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Glucomannan use while Breastfeeding

Glucomannan Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Glucomannan is a soluble, highly viscous fiber commonly derived from Amorphophallus konjac root. Glucomannan has no specific lactation-related uses. It is most often used to lower cholesterol, to treat constipation and diabetes, and is contained in products to promote weight loss. No data exist on the safety and efficacy of glucomannan in nursing mothers or infants. However, because glucomannan is not absorbable, it will not reach the breastmilk and is very unlikely to affect the nursing infant.

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Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

References

Glucomannan Identification

Substance Name

Glucomannan

Scientific Name

Amorphophallus konjac

CAS Registry Number

76081-94-2

Drug Class

Complementary Therapies

Phytotherapy

Plants, Medicinal

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

977

Last Revision Date

20130907

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