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Ramelteon use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Ramelteon: Rozerem

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on July 15, 2020.

Ramelteon Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

No information is available on the use of tasmelteon during breastfeeding. Monitor the infant for drowsiness and adequate feeding, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant. Until more data become available an alternate drug may be preferred.

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

Prolactin levels increased by 4.9 mcg/L (34%) in non-breastfeeding women with chronic insomnia who were taking ramelteon 16 mg nightly for 6 months. No clinical symptoms of hyperprolactinemia were reported.[1] The prolactin level in a mother with established lactation may not affect her ability to breastfeed.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

Zaleplon, Zolpidem

References

1.
Richardson G, Wang-Weigand S. Effects of long-term exposure to ramelteon, a melatonin receptor agonist, on endocrine function in adults with chronic insomnia. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2009;24:103–11. [PubMed: 19090503]

Substance Identification

Substance Name

Ramelteon

CAS Registry Number

196597-26-9

Drug Class

Breast Feeding

Lactation

Central Nervous System Depressants

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