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Plavix and Breastfeeding

Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate) has been shown to pass through breast milk in rats; however, no research has been done to see if passes through human breast milk. To help ensure your safety, talk to your healthcare provider about breastfeeding if you are taking Plavix. Together, you can discuss the risks and make a decision that is right for your specific health situation.

Is Plavix Safe While Breastfeeding?

At this time, it is unknown if Plavix® (clopidogrel bisulfate) passes through breast milk in humans. Studies in rats indicate the drug does pass through breast milk. The manufacturer recommends taking into account the importance of the drug to the nursing mother when making a decision whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue Plavix while breastfeeding. If you are nursing a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this medication.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Plavix

No research has been done to see if Plavix passes through human breast milk. Although this lack of information is certainly frustrating, it is important to understand that studies of medications are rarely done in breastfeeding women, as this would usually expose an infant (who will not directly benefit from the medication) to possible risks.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Plavix 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.
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