Flexeril and Breastfeeding

For women who are taking Flexeril, breastfeeding should generally be avoided. Although no studies have been done to determine whether Flexeril passes through breast milk, it is likely that the medication would pass through breast milk based on its chemical structure. If you decide to take Flexeril while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects or changes in your child.

Is Flexeril Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

It is not known if Flexeril® (cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride) passes through breast milk in humans. If it does pass through breast milk, it may cause problems in a breastfeeding infant. If you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about taking Flexeril.
 

Flexeril and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Flexeril has never been studied in any pregnant women. However, based on the chemical structure of Flexeril, it is likely to pass through breast milk. Flexeril would also be likely to cause side effects, such as drowsiness, in a breastfed infant. Generally, most healthcare providers do not recommend Flexeril for breastfeeding women, as the risks are not known. However, if your healthcare provider says that it is okay for you to take Flexeril while breastfeeding, be sure to carefully watch for any side effects and changes in your infant.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Flexeril and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Flexeril 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Flexeril and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
 
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