Women who are taking Sinemet (carbidopa-levodopa) and breastfeeding should know that the drug does pass through breast milk. Because Sinemet can decrease the level of prolactin, it may negatively affect a woman's ability to breastfeed successfully. However, it is not known if this medication would cause any problems in the nursing infant.
Sinemet and Breastfeeding: An Overview
Sinemet® (carbidopa-levodopa) passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.
Can I Take Sinemet While Breastfeeding?
As mentioned, studies have shown that Sinemet passes through breast milk in humans. However, it is not known if this causes any problems for the nursing infant. The drug can decrease the level of prolactin, a hormone that is important for breastfeeding. Theoretically, Sinemet may negatively affect a woman's ability to breastfeed successfully.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Sinemet and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Sinemet and breastfeeding. 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 about Sinemet and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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