Prograf and Breastfeeding

It is known that Prograf will pass through breast milk in small amounts to a nursing infant. Although this drug does not appear to cause a significant risk to a nursing infant, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that women not take Prograf while breastfeeding. It is possible that this medicine could cause problems, such as poor feeding, tremors, or excessive crying.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Prograf?

Prograf® (tacrolimus) is an immunosuppressant medication used in combination with other medicines to prevent organ rejection after a heart, liver, or kidney transplant.
Prograf is known to pass through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer recommends that women who are receiving Prograf treatment should not breastfeed. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or planning to start, talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication.

More Information About Prograf and Breastfeeding

There have been reports of women who breastfed while taking Prograf after liver and kidney transplants. Based on these reports, Prograf does not appear to cause a significant risk to a nursing infant. The nursing infants were estimated to receive only a small amount of the mother's Prograf dose, and no side effects were reported in the infants. However, more information is needed before all potential risks can be ruled out.
If your healthcare provider recommends this medicine while breastfeeding, watch for any possible Prograf side effects in your infant. Talk to your child's healthcare provider if your child develops problems such as:
  • Poor feeding
  • Tremors
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive crying
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anything that just doesn't seem right.
If your child's healthcare provider believes the symptoms could be due to Prograf, he or she can perform simple blood tests to measure the level of the drug in your child's blood.
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