Darvon-N and Breastfeeding

Although some sources consider it safe to take Darvon-N (propoxyphene napsylate) while breastfeeding, this medication can cause problems. It does pass through breast milk and may cause side effects, such as limpness, blue skin, or a slow heart rate, in nursing infants. Before breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider about whether this medication is safe for your situation.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Darvon-N?

Darvon-N® (propoxyphene napsylate) passes through breast milk in women. Although some sources consider Darvon-N compatible with breastfeeding, others warn of potential problems. If you are breastfeeding or are thinking about breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this drug.

Important Information on Darvon-N and Breastfeeding

Although it is probably fine for most women to take Darvon-N for pain after delivery, it may be best to switch to a non-narcotic pain reliever once the milk has "come in" (before the milk has come in, little of the drug is passed to the infant).
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) classifies Darvon-N as generally being compatible with breastfeeding. However, there have been reports of problems in breastfed infants due to Darvon-N, such as:
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Slow heart rate
  • Drowsiness
  • Limpness
  • Blue skin (indicating breathing problems).

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Darvon-N 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, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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