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Gilenya and Breastfeeding

Because no human studies have been done to determine if Gilenya (fingolimod) passes through breast milk, it is not known if this medication would harm a breastfed infant. The manufacturer of the drug recommends that breastfeeding women avoid Gilenya. If you plan on nursing, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the potential risks of using this medication.

Is Gilenya Safe While Breastfeeding?

At this time, it is unknown if Gilenya™ (fingolimod) passes through breast milk. The manufacturer recommends that women not take Gilenya while nursing. If you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Gilenya.
 

More Information on Breastfeeding and Gilenya

No research has been done to see if Gilenya passes through breast milk in humans. However, it is known that this medication does pass through breast milk in rats.
 
Although the lack of information about Gilenya and breastfeeding is certainly frustrating, it is important to keep in mind that studies are rarely done in breastfeeding infants. Such studies might put the infant, who would otherwise not directly benefit from the medication, at unnecessary risk.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Gilenya 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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