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Mifeprex and Breastfeeding

Some research has shown that Mifeprex (mifepristone) can pass through breast milk. However, this medication is approved to terminate a pregnancy, so it is unlikely that a woman would be taking Mifeprex while breastfeeding. However, if you are taking this drug for unapproved reasons, talk to your healthcare provider about any risks that apply to you.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Mifeprex?

Mifeprex® (mifepristone) is a prescription medicine taken by mouth to induce an abortion. It is used alone or in combination with another medicine called misoprostol (Cytotec®). Mifeprex is likely to pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this drug.

More Information on Mifeprex and Breastfeeding

There is very little information available on the use of Mifeprex during breastfeeding. In one study, the medication was found in the breast milk of women who took Mifeprex 600 mg. In these women, levels of the medicine were the highest in breast milk six to nine hours after the drug was taken. However, the medicine was not found in the breast milk of women who took a lower Mifeprex dose (200 mg).
Some experts recommend that this drug not be used while breastfeeding. This is because all of the potential risks to a nursing child cannot be ruled out until more research is done. Other experts suggest that women do not need to stop breastfeeding if only one dose of Mifeprex is taken, especially if the dose is low.
Because Mifeprex is only approved to terminate a pregnancy, it is unlikely to be used while nursing. However, some breastfeeding women may take Mifeprex for unapproved (also called "off-label") reasons. In these women, it may only be necessary to discard the breast milk for a few days after taking Mifeprex.
If your healthcare provider recommends Mifeprex while you are breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any potential problems in your child. Some of these problems could include but are not limited to:
If you notice any of these problems, or if something "just does not seem right," contact your child's healthcare provider.
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