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Trusopt and Breastfeeding

Even though Trusopt (dorzolamide) is an eye drop, some of the medicine may reach the bloodstream, potentially passing through breast milk. The drug's manufacturer recommends avoiding Trusopt if you are breastfeeding. However, no studies have been done to prove the medicine passes through breast milk, so the true risks are unclear.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Trusopt?

At this time, it is unknown if Trusopt® (dorzolamide hydrochloride) is safe for use in breastfeeding women. The manufacturer recommends that this medication be avoided in nursing women. If you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Trusopt.

Safety Issues Surrounding Trusopt and Breastfeeding

No studies have been done to see if Trusopt passes through breast milk in humans. When exceptionally large doses of the drug were given by mouth to breastfeeding rats, the offspring showed poor weight gain. It should be noted that the doses used were 94 times the equivalent dosage applied to the eyes in humans.
It is important to understand that even though Trusopt is an eye drop, some of the medication may reach the bloodstream and could, therefore, possibly pass through breast milk. With normal use of Trusopt, it is unlikely that a large amount of the drug would reach the breast milk. However, the possibility of problems cannot be entirely eliminated, since this specific situation has never been studied.
If your healthcare provider recommends taking Trusopt while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Trusopt use 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 that is right for you.
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