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The manufacturer of argatroban recommends that women not breastfeed while undergoing treatment with this drug. Although it is thought that argatroban might pass through breast milk, it is not thought that much of the medicine could be absorbed orally by the infant. If you are nursing, make sure to discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider before receiving argatroban.

Can Breastfeeding Women Receive Argatroban?

At this time, it is unknown if argatroban passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer recommends that women not breastfeed while undergoing treatment with argatroban. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before receiving this medication.

More Information on Argatroban and Breastfeeding

At this time, no studies have been done to see if argatroban passes through human breast milk, although it is known to pass through breast milk in rats. Based on the chemical properties of the drug, it is likely that it passes through human breast milk, but it is unlikely that it can be absorbed orally by the infant to a large extent.
Until more information is known, it should be assumed that argatroban can pass through breast milk and could potentially cause problems. However, argatroban is a medication that can cause serious side effects, such as fatal internal bleeding. This risk must be considered when deciding whether to breastfeed while receiving argatroban.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and argatroban 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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