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Equetro and Breastfeeding

The manufacturer of Equetro recommends that women not breastfeed while taking the medication. However, many healthcare providers consider the medication to be safe for many women who are breastfeeding and for their infants. If you are taking Equetro and breastfeeding at the same time, you should be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.

An Overview of Equetro and Breastfeeding

Equetro® (carbamazepine) is a medication used to treat bipolar disorder. Equetro passes through breast milk. Because of the serious side effects that could potentially occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Equetro does not recommend that women breastfeed while taking Equetro. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know (prior to taking Equetro) if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
 

What Does the Research Say About Equetro and Breastfeeding?

Equetro passes through breast milk in women. However, healthcare providers often consider Equetro to be safe for many women who are breastfeeding and for their infants. Most infants do not have any side effects; although there have been reports of drowsiness, poor sucking, and liver problems in breastfed infants whose mothers took carbamazepine (the active ingredient in Equetro). If your healthcare provider recommends taking Equetro while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Equetro and Breastfeeding

It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about Equetro and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands 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 Equetro and breastfeeding for your particular situation.
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