Parcopa and Breastfeeding: An Overview
(orally disintegrating carbidopa-levodopa
) passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Parcopa if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding.
Can I Take Parcopa While Breastfeeding?
Studies have shown that levodopa (one of the components of Parcopa) passes through breast milk in humans. It is not known if the other component (carbidopa
) also passes through breast milk. It is also not known if levodopa in breast milk causes any problems for the breastfed infant.
It's important to note that Parcopa can decrease prolactin levels in women. Prolactin is a hormone that is essential for breastfeeding. Theoretically, Parcopa may negatively affect a woman's ability to breastfeed successfully and may decrease the milk supply.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Parcopa and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Parcopa 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 Parcopa and breastfeeding that is right for you.