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Veregen and Breastfeeding

It is unknown whether Veregen (sinecatechins) passes through breast milk. However, because this drug comes as an ointment that is applied to the skin, it is unlikely that a large amount of the active ingredient would pass into the bloodstream. Before you use Veregen while breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider about any risks that may apply to you.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Veregen?

At this time, it is not clear if Veregen® (sinecatechins) is safe for use while breastfeeding. However, based on what is known about the drug, it is probably safe for use while nursing.

More Information on Veregen and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if sinecatechins (the active ingredient in Veregen) passes through breast milk in women. However, Veregen is applied to the skin, and very little of the drug is absorbed into the body. Keep in mind that Veregen is made from green tea leaves. Drinking a 400-mL serving of green tea (which is less than two cups) would expose the baby to more of the active ingredient in Veregen compared to normal skin use of the drug.
However, due to the low overall exposure of the body to sinecatechins with Veregen since only a small amount of the medication is used and an even smaller amount is absorbed throughout the body, it is not expected that Veregen would cause serious problems when breastfeeding. Nonetheless, the remote possibility that Veregen could cause problems in the nursing infant cannot be ruled out at this time.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Veregen use with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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