Last update: Dec. 17, 2018
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.
Antiepileptic drug that is also used in the treatment of neuropathic pain and Restless Leg Syndrome.
Oral administration three times a day
It is excreted into breast milk in clinically non-significant amount. No problem was observed in infants whose mothers were on this medication (Reimers 2014, Kristensen 2006, Ohman 2005).
Plasma levels in those infants were undetectable or very low (Kristensen 2006, Ohman 2005).
Although not recommended for breastfeeding in some older articles (Mercadé 2012, Harden 2009), several medical societies, experts and expert consensus, consider the use of this medication safe during breastfeeding (Crettenand 2018, Reece 2017, Briggs 2017, Hale 2017 p 411, Picéchietti 2015, Davanzo 2013, Pack 2006, Kristensen 2006, Bar-Oz 2000).
We do not have alternatives for Gabapentin since it is relatively safe.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
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