Although it is not known if Fanapt (iloperidone) passes through breast milk in humans, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that women not take Fanapt while nursing a child. Animal studies on breastfeeding and Fanapt have shown that this medication does pass through breast milk in rats, although the potential problems it may cause are unknown.
Is Fanapt Safe for Breastfeeding Women?
It is not known if Fanapt® (iloperidone) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of Fanapt suggests that women should not take this medication while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about taking Fanapt.
What Does the Research Say?
Because Fanapt passes through breast milk in rats, the medication is also expected to pass though breast milk in humans (although no research has been done to confirm this). It is not known what problems (if any) Fanapt could cause in a breastfed infant.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking Fanapt. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand 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 that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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