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Tizanidine and Breastfeeding

Because the drug hasn't been studied in breastfeeding women, it's unclear if tizanidine (Zanaflex) passes through breast milk. Many healthcare providers do not recommend this medicine while nursing. Talk to your healthcare provider about your specific situation; if he or she says it's okay to take tizanidine while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for side effects in your child.

Is Tizanidine Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

It is not known if tizanidine hydrochloride (Zanaflex®) passes through breast milk in humans. If it does, it may cause problems in a nursing infant. If you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider about the potential risks before you take tizanidine.

More Information on Breastfeeding While Taking Tizanidine

Tizanidine has not been studied in breastfeeding women. However, based on its chemical structure, the drug is predicted to pass through breast milk. At least theoretically, this could cause side effects, such as excessive drowsiness, in a nursing infant.
In general, many healthcare providers do not recommend tizanidine for breastfeeding women, since the risks are not known. However, if your healthcare provider says that it is okay for you to take this medicine while breastfeeding, be sure to watch carefully for any side effects and changes in your infant.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding while taking tizanidine 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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