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The active ingredient in Hecoria does pass through human breast milk. However, in reports of women who used Hecoria while breastfeeding, this drug did not appear to cause any significant side effects in their infants. If you decide to breastfeed during treatment with this drug, make sure to watch for any problems in your child, such as poor feeding, excessive crying, or difficulty sleeping.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Hecoria?

Hecoria™ (tacrolimus) is an immunosuppressant medication used in combination with other medicines to prevent organ rejection after a heart, liver, or kidney transplant.
Hecoria is known to pass through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer recommends that women who are undergoing treatment with Hecoria should not breastfeed. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or planning to start, talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication.

More Information About Hecoria and Breastfeeding

There have been reports of women who breastfed while taking tacrolimus (the active ingredient in Hecoria) after liver and kidney transplants. Based on these reports, tacrolimus does not appear to cause a significant risk to a nursing infant. The nursing infants were estimated to receive only a small amount of the mother's tacrolimus dose, and no side effects were reported in the infants. However, more information is needed before all potential risks can be ruled out.
If your healthcare provider recommends this medicine while breastfeeding, watch for any possible Hecoria side effects in your infant. Talk to your child's healthcare provider if your child develops problems such as:
  • Poor feeding
  • Tremors
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive crying
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anything that just doesn't seem right.
If your child's healthcare provider believes the symptoms could be due to Hecoria, he or she can perform simple blood tests to measure the level of the drug in your child's blood.
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