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Temodar and Breastfeeding

It is likely that Temodar (temozolomide) would pass through breast milk. However, very little information is available on using Temodar while breastfeeding, so it is unknown how this drug might affect a nursing infant. Because this drug is associated with potentially serious side effects, the manufacturer recommends that women either breastfeed or take the medicine, but not do both.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Temodar?

At this time, it is unknown if Temodar® (temozolomide) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of the medication recommends that women either breastfeed or take the medication, but not do both. Therefore, if you are currently breastfeeding a child, talk to your healthcare provider before using Temodar.

More Information on Temodar and Breastfeeding

There is very little information available on Temodar and breastfeeding. This is because the drug has not been studied in breastfeeding women. In addition, the potential effects on a nursing infant have not been studied.
While the lack of information is certainly frustrating, it is important to understand that studies of medications are rarely done in breastfeeding women, as doing so would usually expose an infant, who will not directly benefit from the medication, to potentially serious risks.
Based on the properties of Temodar, the drug can be expected to pass through breast milk to some extent. Because so little is known about Temodar and breastfeeding, and because the medicine is associated with potentially serious side effects, it is probably best that women who are receiving Temodar avoid breastfeeding.
If your healthcare provider recommends breastfeeding while using Temodar, your child should be closely monitored for potential Temodar side effects. Some of the possible side effects may include:
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