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Travatan and Breastfeeding

No human studies have been conducted on Travatan (travoprost ophthalmic solution) and breastfeeding, so it is not known whether the drug passes through breast milk. While studies do indicate that the medication passes through breast milk in rats, it's unclear if the same is true for humans. If you are using Travatan and breastfeeding, watch for any side effects in your infant.

Can I Take Travatan While Breastfeeding?

It is unknown whether Travatan® (travoprost ophthalmic solution) is safe for use in breastfeeding women. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using this medication.
In April 2010, Alcon, Inc., announced that it would no longer be making regular Travatan. However, Travatan Z (which contains a gentler preservative) will continue to be available.

What Does the Research Say About Travatan and Breastfeeding?

Studies indicate that Travatan passes through breast milk in rats. However, no studies have been conducted on whether the drug passes through breast milk in humans, and it is not known whether Travatan causes any problems for nursing children. Even though Travatan is an eyedrop, some of the medication does reach the bloodstream, where it could potentially pass through breast milk.
If your healthcare provider recommends taking Travatan while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects or unexplained changes in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Using Travatan While Breastfeeding

Discuss the possible risks of combining Travatan and breastfeeding with your healthcare provider. 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 Travatan and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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