Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in a nursing infant, the manufacturer of Risperdal does not recommend taking the drug while breastfeeding. However, based on your needs, expectations, and current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about whether taking Risperdal and breastfeeding at the same time is right for you.
An Overview of Risperdal and Breastfeeding
Risperdal® (risperidone) is passed through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Risperdal does not recommend that women who are breastfeeding use Risperdal. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding and have been prescribed Risperdal, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
What Does the Research Say About Risperdal and Breastfeeding?
Research has shown that Risperdal passes through breast milk. Only a few cases of using Risperdal in breastfeeding women have been reported. In these cases, no side effects were seen in the breastfed infants. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Risperdal while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Risperdal and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Risperdal 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 Risperdal and breastfeeding for your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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