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Accutane and Breastfeeding

No studies have been done on Accutane (isotretinoin) and breastfeeding, so it is not known what effects it would have on a nursing mother or her infant. However, because this medication is similar to vitamin A, it is expected to pass through breast milk. Due to the unknown risks of Accutane, breastfeeding women should avoid this acne medication until after they have weaned their child.

Is Accutane Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

It is not known if Accutane® (isotretinoin) is safe for women who are breastfeeding or their infants. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking this drug.

What Does the Research Say?

No studies have been done to see if Accutane passes through breast milk. However, it is thought that this medication will likely pass through breast milk, as it is closely related to vitamin A (which is known to pass through breast milk). Because the effects of taking Accutane during breastfeeding are not known, you should not take the medication if you are nursing. Accutane is not a life-saving medication (it is used to treat acne), and you can wait to take it until you stop breastfeeding.

Discussing Accutane and Breastfeeding With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Accutane and breastfeeding. 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 about Accutane and breastfeeding that is right for you. In general, this drug is not recommended for use in women who are nursing.
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