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Orap and Breastfeeding

Due to the unknown risks of breastfeeding while using Orap (pimozide), it might not be safe for women to nurse while taking this medication. No research has been done on whether the drug passes through breast milk or if it would harm a nursing infant, so women should talk to their healthcare provider about the potential risks before taking Orap.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Orap?

Orap® (pimozide) is a prescription medication approved to treat the involuntary sudden movements or sounds (known as tics) caused by Tourette syndrome. At this time, it is unknown whether Orap passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk to your healthcare provider before taking this drug.

More Information on Orap and Breastfeeding

Orap has not been studied in any breastfeeding women. Therefore, it is unknown whether the drug would pass through breast milk, or if it would harm a nursing child. Based on the properties of the medication, it could be expected to pass through breast milk to some extent.
While this lack of information is frustrating, it is important to keep in mind that studies of medications are rarely done in breastfeeding women, as this would usually expose an infant, who will not directly benefit from the medication, to possible risks.
Orap is associated with potentially serious side effects, including movement disorders and potentially dangerous effects on the heart. Until more research is done, the risk of these side effects in a nursing child cannot be ruled out.
If your healthcare provider recommends Orap while you are breastfeeding, make sure to closely watch your infant for any possible side effects, including abnormal movements, sedation, and constipation. If you notice anything that does not seem right, let your child's healthcare provider know.
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