Intermezzo and Breastfeeding

It is known that Intermezzo (zolpidem sublingual tablet) does pass through breast milk. However, this medicine has a short half-life, meaning that the body eliminates it quickly and only a small amount of the drug actually reaches the breast milk. Although many healthcare providers consider the drug compatible with nursing, talk to your healthcare provider before using Intermezzo while breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Intermezzo?

Intermezzo® (zolpidem sublingual tablet) passes through human breast milk. However, this medication is often considered compatible with nursing. If you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Intermezzo.
 

More Information on Intermezzo and Breastfeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) classifies zolpidem, the active ingredient in Intermezzo, as being compatible with breastfeeding. The medication has a short half-life, meaning that the body eliminates it very quickly. Therefore, only a small amount of the drug actually reaches the breast milk. However, it is still a good idea to watch for any possible side effects in a nursing infant, such as drowsiness or poor feeding.
 
Keep in mind that you need to be able to get a full four hours of sleep after a dose of Intermezzo to be able to function well. If you are caring for a newborn, it may be unlikely for you to get four more hours of sleep.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Intermezzo 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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