Saphris and Breastfeeding
At this time, it is not clear if it is safe for nursing women to take Saphris (asenapine). No studies have been done on this subject; however, the manufacturer advises against it. But because each woman's situation is unique, the decision of whether to use Saphris while breastfeeding is best left to you and your healthcare provider.
Is Saphris Safe for Breastfeeding Women?Currently, it is unknown if Saphris® (asenapine) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer states that women who are nursing should not take this medication. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Saphris.
Breastfeeding and Saphris: What Are the Concerns?Because Saphris 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) Saphris could cause in a breastfed infant. Antipsychotic medications are potent drugs that can cause serious side effects, and there is a significant possibility that exposing a young child to Saphris could cause problems.
Talking With Your Healthcare ProviderYou should discuss this issue with your healthcare provider. 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about breastfeeding and Saphris that is right for you.