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Didronel and Breastfeeding

No studies have been conducted on whether Didronel passes through breast milk. Since it is unknown whether nursing infants could be affected by Didronel, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug. Even if your healthcare provider believes that Didronel and breastfeeding are a safe combination, he or she will monitor you and your child closely.

Didronel and Breastfeeding: An Overview

At this time, it is unknown whether Didronel® (etidronate disodium) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of Didronel recommends that breastfeeding women use the drug with caution. This means that you and your healthcare provider should weigh the potential risks and benefits, and that you and your infant should be monitored closely if you decide to take Didronel. If you are breastfeeding or are thinking about breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider before taking Didronel.

Didronel and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

No studies have been conducted on whether Didronel passes through breast milk. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Didronel while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child. Didronel is incorporated into bone and is slowly released over time. It is not known how Didronel might affect growing bones (if it does pass through breast milk). Therefore, many healthcare providers do not recommend that women breastfeed while taking Didronel.
You may wonder why no studies have been done to see if Didronel is safe for use during breastfeeding. Such studies are usually considered to be unethical, for several reasons. Importantly, the breastfeeding child cannot consent to the study. Also, the child would be exposed to unknown risks, without the possibility of directly experiencing any benefit from the medication. Most of the information known about using medications during breastfeeding is gathered from experience in women who choose to take the medications outside of clinical studies.
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