Animal studies have shown that Solaraze Gel does pass through breast milk in animals when the medication is taken by mouth. However, no human research has been done on breastfeeding and Solaraze Gel, so it is not known what risks this may present for a nursing infant. Before using this product, breastfeeding women should consult with their healthcare provider about the potential risks.
Is Solaraze Gel Safe for Breastfeeding Women?
At this time, it is not clear if Solaraze® Gel (diclofenac gel) is safe for use during breastfeeding. The manufacturer of Solaraze Gel suggests that nursing women should not take this medication. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about taking Solaraze Gel.
Solaraze Gel and Breastfeeding Information
No research has been done to see if diclofenac (the active ingredient in Solaraze Gel) passes through breast milk in humans. However, it is known that diclofenac passes through breast milk in animals after it is taken by mouth.
However, due to the low overall exposure of the body to diclofenac with Solaraze Gel (as only 10 percent of the medication is absorbed throughout the body) and because the medication is cleared from the body quickly, it is not expected that Solaraze Gel would cause serious problems.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while using Solaraze Gel. 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, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about breastfeeding and Solaraze Gel that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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