Tylox and Breastfeeding

Before taking Tylox (oxycodone/APAP), breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare providers about any potential risks. Both active ingredients of the medication (acetaminophen and oxycodone) pass through breast milk, and the narcotic component may cause significant problems in a nursing infant. If you are using Tylox and breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.

Taking Tylox While Breastfeeding: An Overview

Tylox® (oxycodone/APAP) contains two different active ingredients, and both pass through breast milk. If you are breastfeeding or are thinking about breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Tylox. The manufacturer warns that women should use this medication with caution while breastfeeding.

What Does the Research Say?

The acetaminophen (Tylenol®) component of Tylox passes through breast milk but is unlikely to cause problems (see Tylenol and Breastfeeding). However, the oxycodone component of Tylox is a narcotic and may cause significant problems in a nursing infant. In addition to the possibility of side effects, the narcotic component could lead to dependence in the breastfed child.
Tylox is often used to treat pain after delivering a baby, and many healthcare providers are comfortable recommending Tylox for this use. It is a good idea to watch for any changes (such as breathing problems, excessive sleeping, or feeding problems) if you take Tylox while breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Tylox and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Tylox 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 Tylox and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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