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Nucynta ER and Breastfeeding

There may be unknown risks associated with taking Nucynta ER (tapentadol ER) while breastfeeding, as it is unclear if this drug passes through breast milk. However, it is thought that this drug would pass through breast milk and could cause problems in a nursing infant, such as breathing problems, sedation, and difficulties breastfeeding. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking this medicine while nursing.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Nucynta ER?

It is unknown if Nucynta® ER (tapentadol ER) passes through breast milk or if it would cause problems for a nursing infant. Due to the unknown risks, the manufacturer recommends that women not take Nucynta ER while breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding a child or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this drug.

More Information on Nucynta ER and Breastfeeding

Although no definitive research has been done at this time, it is predicted that the medication would probably pass through breast milk. As a strong narcotic medication, Nucynta ER could cause sedation, breathing problems, and difficulty breastfeeding in infants, especially newborns.
In addition, if you are having difficulties establishing breastfeeding and are taking Nucynta ER (or other opioids), it is a good idea to ask your healthcare provider about different pain control options that are less likely to impair your baby's ability to breastfeed.
Also, let your child's healthcare provider know immediately if you notice any Nucynta ER-related problems in your baby, such as:
  • Unusual drowsiness
  • Breastfeeding difficulties
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Limpness.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Nucynta ER 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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