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Nuedexta and Breastfeeding

According to the manufacturer of Nuedexta (dextromethorphan and quinidine), breastfeeding women should be cautious while taking this medication. Although no studies have been done to see if this drug passes through breast milk, the individual components are generally considered acceptable for use while nursing. However, make sure to discuss any potential risks with your healthcare provider before taking Nuedexta.

Is Nuedexta Safe to Take While Breastfeeding?

At this time, it is unknown if Nuedexta™ (dextromethorphan and quinidine) passes through breast milk. The manufacturer of the drug recommends it be used with caution in women who are nursing. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Nuedexta.
 

More Information on Breastfeeding and Nuedexta

No studies have been done to see if Nuedexta passes through breast milk. As a combination medication, Nuedexta contains dextromethorphan, a medicine more commonly used as a cough suppressant, and quinidine, an antiarrhythmic medicine (used to treat an abnormal heart rhythm).
 
When used alone, the individual components of Nuedexta may be acceptable for use during breastfeeding. Quinidine is thought to pass through breast milk. However, the amounts found in breast milk are expected to be too low to harm a nursing infant, especially if the infant is older than two months of age.
 
It is unknown if dextromethorphan passes through breast milk. However, many experts consider it unlikely that any amounts possibly found in breast milk would be as large as a typical child dose. It should be noted, however, that dextromethorphan is generally not recommended for use in children younger than two years of age.
 
Nuedexta has not been studied in nursing infants. Therefore, it is not known if the combination of dextromethorphan and quinidine found in Nuedexta would be harmful to a nursing child.
 
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