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Because Neoral passes through breast milk in humans, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that women not take it while breastfeeding. Neoral could cause problems, such as tremors, diarrhea, or excessive crying, in a nursing infant whose mother took the drug. Before taking this medication while breastfeeding, make sure to discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Neoral?

Neoral® (cyclosporine) is a prescription immunosuppressant medication used after kidney, liver, or heart transplants to reduce the risk of the body rejecting the transplanted organ. It is also used in certain people with severe forms of rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis.
Neoral is known to pass through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer recommends that women who are receiving Neoral treatment should not breastfeed. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication.

More Information on Neoral and Breastfeeding

Neoral has been shown to pass through human breast milk. There are limited reports of women nursing while taking this drug. Based on the available information, a nursing infant would likely receive no more than 2 percent of the mother's Neoral dosage. In many cases, the medicine may not even be detectable in the blood of the infant.
At this time, there have not been reports of problems in breastfed infants whose mothers took Neoral. However, because the medicine has not been thoroughly studied in breastfeeding women, all problems cannot be ruled out. Many experts advise against using Neoral while breastfeeding because of the potential for side effects in the baby. However, others suggest that the drug is unlikely to cause problems, especially if the nursing child is older than two months of age.
If your healthcare provider recommends this medicine while breastfeeding, watch for any possible Neoral side effects in your infant. Talk to your child's healthcare provider if your child develops problems, such as:
  • Tremors
  • Diarrhea
  • Problems feeding
  • Excessive crying.
Your child's healthcare provider may also choose to do simple blood tests to measure the level of Neoral in your child's blood.
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