If you are taking Ativan and breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider. Because Ativan can cause serious side effects, it is often recommended that women stop breastfeeding while taking the drug. If your healthcare provider does recommend taking Ativan while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
An Overview of Ativan and Breastfeeding
Ativan® (lorazepam) passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Ativan recommends that healthcare providers consider the benefits and risks of using Ativan in breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you have been prescribed Ativan and are breastfeeding (or thinking of starting breastfeeding), make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
What Does the Research Say About Ativan and Breastfeeding?
In previous studies, Ativan was shown to pass through breast milk in humans. Because Ativan can cause serious side effects, it is often recommended that women stop breastfeeding while taking Ativan. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Ativan while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Ativan and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Ativan 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 Ativan and breastfeeding for your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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