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Transderm Scop and Breastfeeding

The active ingredient in Transderm Scop (scopolamine patch) does pass through human breast milk. Although it is not entirely clear if it is safe to breastfeed while using Transderm Scop, there is some concern that the drug may decrease breast milk supply or may cause problems like unusual drowsiness or irritability in a nursing infant.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Transderm Scop?

Transderm Scop® (scopolamine patch) is a medicated patch used to prevent nausea and vomiting. It is not clear if Transderm Scop is safe for use while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are nursing or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before using this patch.
 

More Information About Transderm Scop and Breastfeeding

Scopolamine, the active ingredient in Transderm Scop, is known to pass through human breast milk. There is some concern that the drug might decrease breast milk supply or might interfere with milk letdown, especially if used continuously (as with Transderm Scop) for extended periods of time.
 
If your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to use Transderm Scop while breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any changes or side effects, such as unusual drowsiness or irritability, in your nursing infant. Also, close monitoring of the baby's weight may be helpful to make sure that the milk supply is adequate.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Transderm Scop use with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
 
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