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Synagis and Breastfeeding

It is unknown whether Synagis (palivizumab) passes through breast milk or if it would harm a nursing infant. However, this drug is only approved for use in children and infants, so it is unlikely that it would be given to an adult. If your healthcare provider recommends this medicine, let him or her know if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.

Can Synagis Be Used in Breastfeeding Women?

Synagis® (palivizumab) is a prescription medication approved for use in infants and young children who are at risk for serious respiratory disease from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). It is given as a monthly injection.
 
At this time, it is not known whether Synagis passes through breast milk. Thus, if you are nursing a child, talk with your healthcare provider before using this medication.
 

More Information on Breastfeeding and Synagis

Synagis is not approved for use in adults, and the medication has not been studied in breastfeeding women. Therefore, it is unknown whether the medicine passes through breast milk, or whether it would harm a nursing child.
 
Although this lack of information is certainly frustrating, it is important to understand that studies of medications are rarely done in breastfeeding women, as this would usually expose an infant, who will not directly benefit from the medication, to possible risks.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

Although Synagis is only approved for use in infants and young children, if your healthcare provider recommends this medicine, let him or her know if you are 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 that is right for you.
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