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Androderm and Breastfeeding

It is not recommended for breastfeeding women to use Androderm (testosterone patch), for many reasons. First of all, this medicine is only approved for use in men. In addition, the testosterone in the Androderm patch may cause problems in a nursing infant and can decrease the production of breast milk. Do not use Androderm without first talking to your healthcare provider.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Androderm?

Androderm® (testosterone patch) is a testosterone replacement therapy used in men with low testosterone levels. This medication is not approved for use in women, regardless of if they are breastfeeding or not.

More Information on Androderm and Breastfeeding

This medication has not been adequately studied in breastfeeding women. At this time, it is unknown how much testosterone (the active ingredient of Androderm) passes through breast milk. It is also unknown if the medication would cause problems in a nursing infant.
Previously, testosterone was used to suppress lactation in women who chose not to breastfeed. This is because testosterone appears to inhibit prolactin, a hormone that stimulates milk production.
Because of the unknown risks in a nursing child, and the drug's potential to decrease breast milk production, Androderm should not be used in breastfeeding mothers. Furthermore, Androderm is not approved for use in women at all.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

Because Androderm is only approved for use in men, it should not be used by women who are nursing. However, if a woman uses Androderm while breastfeeding, she should consult with her healthcare provider.
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