Which migraine medications are safe while breastfeeding?
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Pediatrics 24 years experience
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Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Many medications: Migraines are an annoying part of life for many women. Medicines used to treat acute migraines such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) ibuprofen, & sumatriptan generally thought to be safe. Everyday medications to reduce the frequency of migraines such as propranalol & topamax are usually well tolerated. However there is only limited data about these meds. As always check with your doctor about your specific medications.
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Is it ok to take migraine medication while breastfeeding?
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Pediatrics 27 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.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Are there safe migraine prescriptions for breastfeeding moms?
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Pediatrics 33 years experience
Somewhat safe: Several medicines for migraines are likely safe during breastfeeding, because only a very small amount of the meds gets into the milk. Women should discuss the meds with the babies' doctors. Some women "pump & dump" milk produced after they take meds, but that may seem wasteful. Some women alternate meds, so that babies are exposed to tiny amounts of each med, instead of larger amounts of one med.
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