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Is it ok to take migraine medication while breastfeeding?
27 doctors weighed in

Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
11 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
4 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
Each drug is different. Immitrex for example is fine.

In brief: It depends
Each drug is different. Immitrex for example is fine.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
That totally depends on what migraine medication you are talking about.
Each medication has a different profile in regards to breastfeeding.

In brief: No
That totally depends on what migraine medication you are talking about.
Each medication has a different profile in regards to breastfeeding.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Muhammad Arif
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
It will depend on the medication.
Discuss with your pcp/peds for exact medication you are using.

In brief: Depends
It will depend on the medication.
Discuss with your pcp/peds for exact medication you are using.
Dr. Muhammad Arif
Dr. Muhammad Arif
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Dr. Francisco Alencar jr
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Francisco Alencar jr
Dr. Francisco Alencar jr
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Dr. Syed Masood
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Some meds are okay some are not.
Difficult to tell unless you tell me the name of the medication.

In brief: No
Some meds are okay some are not.
Difficult to tell unless you tell me the name of the medication.
Dr. Syed Masood
Dr. Syed Masood
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Jay Park
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Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Pain Management
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Martin Schaeffer
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
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Dr. Kiley Reynolds
Pain Management
In brief: Breastfeeding
This questions can only be answered when reference to a specific migraine medication(s) is made.
Please resubmit with specific medication(s).

In brief: Breastfeeding
This questions can only be answered when reference to a specific migraine medication(s) is made.
Please resubmit with specific medication(s).
Dr. Kiley Reynolds
Dr. Kiley Reynolds
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Lawrence Rosen
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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