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Dantrium and Breastfeeding

The manufacturer of Dantrium (dantrolene) recommends that women not use this medication while breastfeeding, as it does pass through breast milk. However, the potential effects Dantrium might cause in a nursing infant have not been studied. Tell healthcare provider if you are breastfeeding before starting treatment with this drug.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Dantrium?

Dantrium® (dantrolene sodium) has been shown to pass through breast milk. The manufacturer recommends that women not use this drug while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are nursing a child, talk with your healthcare provider before using Dantrium.

More Information on Dantrium and Breastfeeding

Dantrium is known to pass through breast milk in low amounts. This is based on a report of a woman given the medicine over a three-day period after giving birth. However, the ongoing daily use of Dantrium in breastfeeding women has not been adequately studied. The potential effects of the drug on a nursing child have also not been studied.
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.
Because Dantrium is associated with potentially serious side effects, it may be best to avoid breastfeeding while using this medicine.
Some experts recommend waiting at least two days after the last dose to breastfeed. This would give the medicine enough time to be eliminated from the body, and reduce the chance that a nursing infant would be exposed to Dantrium through breast milk.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Dantrium use 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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