Although the exact effects of Stelazine on breastfeeding are not known, research suggests that phenothiazines may pass through breast milk. Because the drug can cause serious side effects, talk with your healthcare provider if you are breastfeeding or plan to start. The two of you can make a shared decision about Stelazine and breastfeeding that takes into account your current health situation, as well as what you want and expect.
Stelazine and Breastfeeding: An Overview
It is not known if Stelazine® (trifluoperazine hydrochloride) is passed through breast milk. However, the medication can cause serious side effects. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, or are thinking of breastfeeding, and have been prescribed Stelazine, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
Stelazine and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Although little is known about using Stelazine while breastfeeding, research suggests that phenothiazines (such as Stelazine) may pass through breast milk. However, the full risks of using the drug while breastfeeding are not known. If your healthcare provider recommends taking the drug while nursing, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Stelazine and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Stelazine 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 Stelazine and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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