Because of the unknown risks, many healthcare providers do not recommend breastfeeding while using methocarbamol (Robaxin). The medicine has been shown to pass through breast milk in dogs, but it is still unclear if the drug also passes through human breast milk. If it does, it could cause side effects in the nursing infant, such as excessive drowsiness.
Is Methocarbamol Safe for Breastfeeding Women?
It is not known if methocarbamol (Robaxin®) passes through breast milk in humans. If it does pass through breast milk, the drug may cause problems in a nursing infant. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the potential risks before you take methocarbamol.
More Information on Breastfeeding and Methocarbamol
Methocarbamol has not been studied in women who are nursing. However, it is known that the medication passes through breast milk in dogs. At least theoretically, methocarbamol might cause side effects, such as excessive drowsiness, in a breastfed infant.
In general, many healthcare providers do not recommend this medication for breastfeeding women, since the risks are not known. However, if your healthcare provider says that it is okay for you to breastfeed while taking methocarbamol, be sure to watch for any side effects and changes in your infant.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding while taking methocarbamol 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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