Can I take betaseron (interferon beta 1b) while breastfeeding?

No. Unfortunately, there are no great studies demonstrating that this medicine is not passed in breast milk, but due to its potentially harmful interactions with fetuses, it's best to not use it while lactating. The official statement is to "either discontinue lactation, or discontinue the drug." formula or human banked breast milk would be best in this case.
Yes. Betaseron (interferon beta 1b) is broken down in the intestinal tract and thus must be injected. Any Betaseron (interferon beta 1b) that is excreted into breastmilk is therefore likely to get broken down by the baby's intestinal tract. However, no studies have been down to prove its safety in breastfeeding. You should discuss it with your doctor and your baby's pediatrician to weigh the risk/benefit.

Related Questions

What effects does betaseron (interferon beta 1b) have on breastfeeding?

Interferon for MS? It should be okay. No information is available regarding whether it can be passed onto an infant in mother's milk. No studies are available regarding harm in infants. Have your pediatrician monitor the progress during the health maintenance visits. Read more...

I have MS and I take interferon beta 1b Dose it effects my erection?? Lately I am having problems to have long erection please help

Not 2nd interferon. Your symptom of erectile dysfunction is very, very probably related to your MS. It is NOT due to the interferon. Further clinical neurological & possibly urological evaluation would clarify this concern. Read more...
Multi factorial. Ralph, there are a bunch of things going on here. It is difficult to know how everything interacts. You may feel embarrassed talking to someone about this face to face, but this is the place to start. Your neurologist is the first person I'd talk to. If he/she cannot help, have him/her refer you to a urologist. This is problem has a solution. . Read more...

Is it safe to take avonex (interferon beta 1a) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Unknown. A category c drug. Risks shown in animal studies, unknown in humans. Use should be determined between the patient and her physcian based on risks vs benefits. There may not be any other alternatives for a specific patient. Unknown safety in nursing. Read more...
Not a good idea. All interferons are considered to have potential for teratogenic risk, and should be discontinued prior to conception and pregnancy. Meds should be restarted after labor and delivery, but if breastfeeding, would not take Avonex (interferon beta 1a) at that time either. Copaxone far safer for pregnancy and works far better than avonex, (interferon beta 1a) which is clearly the least effective ms drug on the market. Consider a change. Read more...

Would you agree with a recommendation to discontinue betaseron (interferon beta 1b) for a patient with secondary progressive ms, who no longer experiences relapses.

Yes. The american academy of neurology has issued an about lack of value of interferons and Copaxone in the treatment of secondary progressive ms, so not worthwhile to continue. However, there are newer oral meds, especially gilenya, (fingolimod) which may have promise with spms. Research studies may be available. Do monitor your vitamin d intake, and get about 5-10, 000 units daily. Read more...

I have ms&have been taking betaseron (interferon beta 1b).I just took2pregnancy test&both positive. I was told I should be off betaserson for2mnts before I try. Baby b ok?

Medication. Not all medications have enough scientific evidence to determine the safety for use in pregnancy. The theoretical use of exposure must be weighed against the benefits of use. Each case must be determined on a case by case basis. Preliminary studies on this drug are encouraging. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/4/5/e004536.full. Read more...