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Is it ok to take migraine medication while breastfeeding?

10 doctor answers26 doctors weighed in
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes: Some medications are very safe (eg ibuprofen), others have risks and benefits that need to be weighed. Talk with the physician who prescribed the medication about safety issues with nursing.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: That totally depends on what migraine medication you are talking about. Each medication has a different profile in regards to breastfeeding.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Yes: While sumatriptan succinate (imitrex, imigran) and Propranolol (inderal, detensol, novo-pranol, deralin, cardinol) are compatible with breastfeeding, ergotamine tartrate (wigraine, cafergot, (ergotamine and caffeine) ergostat, ergomar, dhe-450) is not, especially when used for a prolonged period.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics 29 years experience
No: Many migraine meds are class c, meaning no human studies have been reliably done, and animal studies may have shown harm. Definitely discuss with your pediatrician. Try natural alternatives with consultation from a knowledgeable health care practitioner - for example, some studies show dietary changes, magnesium, coq10 and b2 may be helpful for migraines.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
It depends: Each drug is different. Immitrex for example is fine.
Dr. Francisco Alencar jr
20 years experience
No, depends: There are preventive and abortive medications. Several different kinds in each category. Best solution is to talk to your doctor and come up either with an abortive medication only or a combination of the two. Magnesium 400 mg has been shown to be effective in headache prevention. Other suplemments might help as well. The use of non pharmachological therapies is stronglly recommended.
Dr. Kiley Reynolds
Pain Management 27 years experience
Breastfeeding: This questions can only be answered when reference to a specific migraine medication(s) is made. Please resubmit with specific medication(s).
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Pain Management 32 years experience
No.: As a rule only medications which have been cleared by your pediatrician should be taken while breastfeeding. Medication intended for the migraine treatment can pass to the baby if you are breastfeeding and many cause damage to the baby.
Dr. Muhammad Arif
Pain Management 26 years experience
Depends: It will depend on the medication. Discuss with your pcp/peds for exact medication you are using.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
No: Triptans and ergotamines are absolutely forbidden due to risk of miscarriage. Depakote can cause spina bifida and/or mental retardation, topamax (topiramate) also risky. Likely none of the usual migraine agents are safe. Discuss with your obstetrician, as a few items may be useful, such as 100% oxygen.

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Which migraine medications are safe while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin: Certain medicines are safe for nursing and some are not. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen are safe medicines for nursing and effective for migraines. If you are on other medicines and want to know if they are safe, speak to your physician. Here's a website where you can access information about the safety of specific medicines: http://toxnet.Nlm.Nih.Gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?Lact.
Last updated May 12, 2016

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