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Studies on breastfeeding and Soriatane (acitretin) have shown that the medication passes through breast milk. However, it is unclear if this medication causes problems in a nursing infant. Although the manufacturer of Soriatane has advised that women avoid this medication while nursing, the American Academy of Pediatrics has said that the drug is compatible with breastfeeding.

Is Soriatane Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

It is unknown if Soriatane® (acitretin) is safe for breastfeeding women or their infants. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Soriatane.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Soriatane

There is no real consensus about whether it is safe for breastfeeding women to take Soriatane. It is clear that the medication passes through breast milk, but it is unclear if this would likely cause problems in a breastfed child.
The manufacturer of Soriatane clearly states that women should not take Soriatane while breastfeeding. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics lists the medicine as being compatible with breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

If you are interested in taking Soriatane while breastfeeding, make sure to have a thorough discussion with your healthcare provider (and perhaps your child's healthcare provider). Your healthcare provider will take into account the strength of your desire to breastfeed, the severity of your psoriasis, and the availability of other treatment options before making a recommendation for your particular situation.
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