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Zovirax and Breastfeeding

Studies on Zovirax and breastfeeding have shown that the drug is passed through breast milk. Because the risks this presents are thought to be low, many healthcare providers consider the drug safe for most breastfeeding women. However, because everyone's situation is different, talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking Zovirax and breastfeeding and watch for changes or side effects in your infant.

An Overview of Zovirax and Breastfeeding

Zovirax® (acyclovir) passes through breast milk. However, because the full risks to the nursing infant are not known, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that it be used with caution in breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of starting, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.

Zovirax and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

In studies, Zovirax was shown to pass through breast milk in humans. However, because it passes through breast milk in very low amounts, it is unlikely to cause side effects in an infant. Many healthcare providers consider it to be safe for most breastfeeding women. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Zovirax while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Zovirax and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Zovirax and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Zovirax and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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