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Alphagan and Breastfeeding

No studies have been done to determine if Alphagan (brimonidine) passes through breast milk in humans. Although this medication comes in the form of an eye drop, it does enter the bloodstream and could possibly pass through the breast milk. Due to the potential risks, the manufacturer of the medication recommends that women not use Alphagan while breastfeeding.

Can Women Use Alphagan While Breastfeeding?

At this time, it is unknown if Alphagan® (brimonidine tartrate) is safe for women to use while breastfeeding. The manufacturer of Alphagan recommends that women not use this medication while nursing a child. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Alphagan.

Safety Issues With Breastfeeding and Alphagan

No studies have been done to see if Alphagan passes through breast milk in humans, although it has been shown to pass through breast milk in animal studies.
With normal use of Alphagan, it is unlikely that a large amount of the drug would reach the breast milk. However, the possibility of problems cannot be entirely eliminated, as this medication has never been studied in breastfeeding women.
It is important to understand that even though Alphagan is an eye drop, it is possible that some of the medication may enter the bloodstream and could, therefore, possibly pass through breast milk.
If your healthcare provider recommends breastfeeding while using Alphagan, make sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
If you use this medication while breastfeeding, it is probably a good idea to apply pressure (with a finger) to the inside corner of the eye(s) for a minute or more after each dose, to help limit absorption of the drug into the bloodstream. This would decrease the chance of the medication reaching the breast milk.
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