Doral and Breastfeeding

In clinical studies on Doral and breastfeeding, the medication passed through breast milk when it was given to nursing mothers. It is generally recommended to stop breastfeeding if you are taking Doral, because the drug could cause serious side effects in the nursing infant. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about Doral and breastfeeding in your particular situation to discuss the possible risks.

Doral and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Doral® (quazepam) is a prescription sleep medication. It passes through breast milk, and the manufacturer of the drug does not recommend using it while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child or are thinking of starting breastfeeding, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about taking Doral.

Doral and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Studies have shown that Doral passes through breast milk in women. Because benzodiazepines (including Doral) can cause serious side effects in a nursing infant, women are usually advised to stop breastfeeding while taking Doral. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Doral while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child. In particular, be sure to watch for:
  • Drowsiness
  • Decreased feeding
  • Slow weight gain
  • Slow development.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Doral and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Doral 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Doral and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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