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If a woman takes Gralise (extended-release gabapentin) while breastfeeding, the drug will pass through her breast milk. However, it is not known if this medication would harm a breastfed infant. Some women have taken the drug while breastfeeding without any problems. If you take Gralise while nursing, watch for side effects in your child, such as drowsiness or feeding problems.

Is Gralise Safe to Take While Breastfeeding?

Gralise™ (extended-release gabapentin) passes through breast milk in women. Because it is not known if this medication is safe for breastfed infants, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that breastfeeding women should take Gralise only if the benefits clearly outweigh the possible risks.
Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or planning to start, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Gralise.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Gralise

Gralise passes through human breast milk. However, it is not known if taking this drug while nursing would cause problems for the breastfed infant. There are a few reports of women who took Gralise while breastfeeding without any problems occurring in their infants.
If your healthcare provider recommends taking this drug while breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any side effects in your child. In particular, watch for:
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeding problems
  • Slow weight gain
  • Slow development.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Gralise 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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