Skelaxin and Breastfeeding

For women who are taking Skelaxin (metaxalone), breastfeeding should generally be avoided. Although no studies have been done to determine whether the drug passes through breast milk, it is expected to pass through breast milk, based on its chemical structure. If you decide to take Skelaxin while breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any side effects or changes in your child, such as drowsiness or nausea.

Is Skelaxin Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

It is not known if Skelaxin® (metaxalone) passes through breast milk in humans. If it does pass through breast milk, it may cause problems in a nursing infant. If you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the potential risks before you take Skelaxin.

What Does the Research Say About Skelaxin and Breastfeeding?

Skelaxin has never been studied in any breastfeeding women. However, based on the chemical structure of the drug, it is likely to pass through breast milk. Skelaxin might cause side effects, such as drowsiness or upset stomach, in a breastfed infant.
In general, many healthcare providers do not recommend Skelaxin for breastfeeding women, as the risks are not known. However, if your healthcare provider says it is okay for you to take the drug while breastfeeding, make sure to watch carefully for any possible side effects and changes in your infant.

Discussing Skelaxin and Breastfeeding With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Skelaxin 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about Skelaxin and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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