Megace ES and Breastfeeding

Although Megace ES (megestrol ES) does pass through breast milk, it is not known how this medication may affect a nursing child. Because of the potential for dangerous side effects, it is generally not recommended for breastfeeding women to take Megace ES. If you do nurse while taking this drug, it may cause problems like vomiting, diarrhea, and a rash in your child.

Is Megace ES Safe While Breastfeeding?

Megace® ES (megestrol ES) is a prescription medication used to improve appetite in certain people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medicine passes through breast milk. The manufacturer of the medication recommends that women who require Megace ES treatment should not breastfeed.
 

More Information on Breastfeeding and Megace ES

Megace ES has not been thoroughly studied in breastfeeding women. Studies have shown that megestrol, the active ingredient in Megace ES, passes through breast milk. At this time, it is unknown how this medicine might affect a nursing child. However, Megace ES is associated with side effects, including potentially serious problems. Until more information is known, the risk for these effects in a nursing child exposed to the medication cannot be ruled out.
 
In addition, Megace ES suspension is approved for treating loss of appetite in people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). In general (for women in developed countries), it is usually recommended that women with AIDS should not breastfeed, as the virus that causes AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV) can be passed through breast milk.
 
Some people may wonder if Megace ES has effects on breast milk production. Megace ES is a synthetic (laboratory-made) form of the female hormone progesterone. It belongs to a group of medicines known as progestins. In general, progestins are not expected to affect breast milk production or quality.
 
If your healthcare provider recommends Megace ES while you are breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any possible Megace ES side effects in your nursing child. Some of the potential problems include but are not limited to:
 
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Gassiness
  • Problems sleeping
  • Fever.
 
If you notice any of these symptoms, or if something just doesn't seem right, make sure to talk to your child's healthcare provider.
 
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