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Azopt and Breastfeeding

The full risks of breastfeeding while using Azopt (brinzolamide) are currently unknown. The manufacturer of the drug advises women to avoid using this eye medicine while nursing. Because the medication may enter the bloodstream, it could possibly pass through breast milk and cause problems in a nursing infant.

Can Women Use Azopt While Breastfeeding?

At this time, it is unknown if Azopt® (brinzolamide) is safe for women to use while breastfeeding. The manufacturer of Azopt recommends that women avoid using this medication while nursing. If you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Azopt.
 

Safety Issues With Azopt and Breastfeeding

No studies have been done to see if Azopt passes through breast milk in humans (although it is known that it passes through breast milk in rats). It is important to understand that even though Azopt is an eye drop, it is possible that some of the medication may enter the bloodstream and, therefore, could possibly pass through breast milk.
 
With normal use of Azopt, 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. In studies, giving extremely large doses of brinzolamide (the active ingredient in Azopt) by mouth to lactating rats caused poor weight gain in the offspring.
 
If your healthcare provider recommends breastfeeding while using Azopt, make sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while using Azopt. 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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