Amevive and Breastfeeding

Amevive (alefacept) has not been studied adequately in nursing women. Thus, at this time, it is unclear if it passes through human breast milk or if it would cause any problems in a breastfed infant. Due to this lack of information on breastfeeding while taking Amevive, the drug's manufacturer recommends avoiding it if you are nursing.

Can I Take Amevive While Breastfeeding?

At this time, it is unknown if Amevive® (alefacept) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer recommends that women not take this medication while breastfeeding, due to the unknown risks. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about taking Amevive.
 

More Information on Breastfeeding and Amevive

No research has been done to see if Amevive passes through breast milk in humans. Similarly, it is unknown if the drug would be absorbed from the digestive tract of the infant or if it would cause any problems in a breastfed infant.
 
In general, very little is known about how most drugs perform in women who are breastfeeding, since it is usually considered unethical to study medications in breastfeeding women. Although this lack of information can be frustrating, it is important to understand that this is done to protect babies, who cannot protect themselves.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding while taking Amevive 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 and other treatment options, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
 
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