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Betaxolol and Breastfeeding

Clinical studies on breastfeeding and betaxolol show that the medication passes through breast milk in humans. These amounts are potentially high enough to cause serious problems (such as dangerously low blood pressure or a slow heart rate) in a nursing infant. Before using betaxolol, women who are nursing should first consult their healthcare providers to learn about the possible risks.

Is Betaxolol Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

Betaxolol hydrochloride (Betoptic®, Kerlone®) passes through breast milk in humans. It is a beta blocker medication that can affect the blood vessels and the heart. Because betaxolol could potentially cause problems in a breastfed infant, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking it if you are breastfeeding or plan to start.

The Research on Breastfeeding and Betaxolol

Studies have shown that betaxolol passes through breast milk in significant amounts. This may even be possible with betaxolol eye drops (since some of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream). It is possible that serious problems (such as a dangerously slow heart rate or low blood pressure) could occur in the breastfed infant. Therefore, if your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to take betaxolol while breastfeeding, your infant should be monitored to make sure that no serious problems occur.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and betaxolol. 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.
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