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Aricept and Breastfeeding

It is unclear if Aricept and breastfeeding is a safe combination, since this topic has never been studied in humans. Based on the chemical properties of Aricept, however, it is thought that the drug is likely to pass through breast milk. If you are taking Aricept and breastfeeding is something you are considering, talk to your healthcare provider about the possible risks.

Aricept and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Currently, it is unknown if Aricept® (donepezil hydrochloride) passes through breast milk in humans. As a result, it is a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider before taking Aricept if you are breastfeeding. It should be noted that this drug is approved only for treating Alzheimer's disease, a condition that is unlikely to occur in women of childbearing age.

Is It Safe to Take Aricept While Breastfeeding?

No studies have been done to see if Aricept passes through breast milk in women. However, based on the chemical properties of the drug, it is likely to pass through breast milk. Also, because Aricept has not been adequately studied in any infants or children, it is not known if the drug could have any negative effects on an infant if it does pass through breast milk.
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Aricept and breastfeeding. 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 about Aricept and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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