Trental and Breastfeeding

Although Trental (pentoxifylline) has been shown to pass through breast milk in small amounts, it is unknown what effects this medication might have on a breastfed infant. The manufacturer of the drug recommends that women not take Trental while breastfeeding. If you are nursing or plan to start, talk to your healthcare provider about the potential risks before taking this drug.

Is Trental Safe While Breastfeeding?

Trental® (pentoxifylline) does pass through breast milk. However, information on the effects of Trental in breastfed infants is not available. The manufacturer recommends that women not take this drug while nursing. If you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Trental.
 

More Information on Breastfeeding and Trental

Limited research has shown that small amounts of Trental pass through human breast milk. 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 may not directly benefit from the medication to possible risks.
 
It is possible that an infant exposed to Trental through breast milk could develop some side effects (see Trental Side Effects for more information). Therefore, if you and your healthcare provider decide that you should take this medication while breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any possible side effects in your child.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Trental 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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