Clinical studies have shown that Kapvay (clonidine ER) passes through breast milk. Due to the potential risks, the manufacturer of the drug advises women to use caution if they are breastfeeding while using Kapvay. If you are nursing and taking this medication, your child should be monitored to watch for serious complications, such as a dangerously slow heart rate or low blood pressure.
Is Kapvay Safe While Breastfeeding?
Kapvay™ (clonidine ER) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of Kapvay recommends that women use this medication with caution while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are nursing, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Kapvay.
More Information on Breastfeeding and Kapvay
Studies have shown that clonidine (the active ingredient in Kapvay) passes through breast milk. In some cases, significant amounts of the medication were found in the blood of breastfeeding infants, enough to possibly cause side effects. It is possible that serious problems, such as a dangerously slow heart rate or low blood pressure, could occur in the breastfed infant.
Clonidine affects certain hormones (oxytocin and prolactin) involved in breastfeeding in complex ways (and in different ways at different dosages). At this time, it is not possible to predict how clonidine might affect a woman's milk supply. Therefore, if your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to take this medication while breastfeeding, your infant should be monitored to make sure that no serious problems occur.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and Kapvay 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 that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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