Neoral and Nursing

Available by prescription only, Neoral® (cyclosporine) is used to help prevent transplant rejection in people who have had a kidney, liver, or heart transplant. This drug is also used in certain people with severe forms of rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis. But can you use Neoral while nursing?
 
Neoral does pass through breast milk in humans. Due to the potential risks, the manufacturer recommends that women who are receiving Neoral treatment should not breastfeed.
 
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. Although no problems have been reported in nursing infants whose mothers took Neoral, this medication has not been studied enough to rule out potential complications that it may cause in a breastfed infant.
 
(For more information on using this drug while nursing, click Neoral and Breastfeeding. This full-length article discusses some of the potential problems that might occur in your infant if you take this drug while breastfeeding.)
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