Because of the risk of certain side effects that could occur in a nursing infant (such as drowsiness, jaundice, and heart murmurs), the manufacturer of Zyprexa 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 Zyprexa and breastfeeding is right for you.
An Overview of Zyprexa and Breastfeeding
Zyprexa® (olanzapine) is passed through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Zyprexa does not recommend that Zyprexa be used in breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding and have been prescribed Zyprexa, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
What Does the Research Say About Zyprexa and Breastfeeding?
Zyprexa passes through breast milk. There have been reports of a few problems when breastfeeding mothers took Zyprexa. Drowsiness, yellow skin and eyes (jaundice), and heart murmurs have occurred in breastfeeding infants whose mothers took Zyprexa. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Zyprexa while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for these and any other side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Zyprexa and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Zyprexa 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 Zyprexa and breastfeeding for your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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