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Firazyr and Breastfeeding

The manufacturer of Firazyr (icatibant) recommends that women use this drug with caution while breastfeeding. Although no studies have been done to determine if Firazyr passes through breast milk in women, the drug has been shown to pass through breast milk in rats. Possible side effects that may occur in a nursing infant include nausea, fever, and a rash.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Firazyr?

Firazyr® (icatibant) is a prescription medicine used in the treatment of adults with hereditary angioedema (HAE), a rare condition that is passed through families. At this time, it is unknown whether Firazyr passes through breast milk in women.

More Information on Firazyr and Breastfeeding

Firazyr has been shown to pass through the breast milk of rats. However, the drug has not been adequately studied in breastfeeding women.
Many medicines pass through breast milk, so it is reasonable to assume Firazyr may pass through human breast milk to some extent. Due to this potential risk, the manufacturer of the medication recommends it be used cautiously in women who are nursing.
If your healthcare provider recommends breastfeeding during Firazyr treatment, make sure to observe your child for any possible problems that could be related to Firazyr side effects. Potential problems may include but are not limited to:
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Nausea or abdominal (stomach) pain, which could cause your infant to refuse to eat.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Firazyr 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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