Because there have not been any studies done on Taxotere and breastfeeding, it is not known if the medication passes through breast milk. Due to the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Taxotere recommends that women not take the medication while breastfeeding.
An Overview of Taxotere and Breastfeeding
It is not known if Taxotere® (docetaxel) passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Taxotere recommends that women not breastfeed while taking Taxotere. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
Taxotere and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
No studies have been done to see if Taxotere passes through breast milk in humans. Because Taxotere can cause very dangerous side effects, it is generally recommended that women stop breastfeeding while taking Taxotere. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Taxotere while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Taxotere and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Taxotere 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 Taxotere and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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Taxotere [package insert]. Bridgewater, NJ: sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC;2013 December.
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