It is not known if Aromasin passes through breast milk. However, given the risk of potentially serious side effects, the manufacturer of Aromasin recommends that the drug be used with caution in women who are nursing. If you are considering nursing your infant while taking the drug, talk to your healthcare provider about the risks of Aromasin and breastfeeding. Together, you can make a decision that is right for you.
Aromasin and Breastfeeding: An Overview
It is not known if Aromasin® (exemestane) passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Aromasin recommends that women use the drug with caution when taking it while breastfeeding and reminds healthcare providers that Aromasin is approved only for use in postmenopausal women. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of starting.
Aromasin and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Aromasin passes through breast milk in rats, but it is unknown if it passes through breast milk in humans. It is also not known what effects the drug could have on a young infant. The medication affects hormones; therefore, it may cause serious side effects. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Aromasin while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Aromasin and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Aromasin 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 Aromasin and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Aromasin [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer, Inc.;2011 March.
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