A 35-year-old female asked:
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taking mefenamic is it safe for breastfeeding mom?

4 doctor answers
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
36 years experience Pediatrics
Yes, it is thought: to be safe to take mefenamic acid (Ponstel) safely while you are nursing. You should also ask your own doctor.
Answered on Nov 12, 2017
Dr. John Michel
46 years experience Family Medicine
Little is known: It is known that this is a NSAID. it has side effects like aspirin. It is unclear if this is safe in breast feeding mother. If necessary to take then take it but would consider if need to continue to breastfeed. It may have gi side effects on the child. Consult your family doctor for an alternative.
Answered on Nov 12, 2017
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
45 years experience Pediatrics
Most likely: If mefenamic acid is required by the mother, it is not a reason to discontinue breastfeeding. Because there is little published experience with mefenamic acid during breastfeeding and it is potentially toxic, other agents may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant.
Answered on Dec 28, 2014
Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Breastfeeding: It is best to avoid all unnecessary medications while breastfeeding like during pregnancy. Some mefenamic acid does appear in breast milk. Pregnancy category C means either animal studies have shown toxicity or enough studies have not been done to determine safety. Best not to take the medication while breastfeeding. I am glad breastfeeding which is best for the babies health is happening.
Answered on Aug 19, 2016

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