No human studies have been conducted on breastfeeding and Elestat (epinastine ophthalmic solution), so the full risks of using this drug while breastfeeding are not known. Since the medication is an eye drop (and little of it will actually reach the bloodstream), it is unlikely that a significant amount would reach the breast milk. Before using this medication, breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare providers.
Is Using Elestat While Breastfeeding Safe?
At this time, it is unknown if Elestat® (epinastine ophthalmic solution) passes through breast milk in humans. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Elestat. The manufacturer of Elestat recommends that this medication be used cautiously in breastfeeding women.
What Does the Research Say?
Studies have shown that epinastine (the active ingredient in Elestat) passes through breast milk in rats when given by mouth. No studies have been done to see if Elestat passes through breast milk in humans.
It is important to understand that Elestat is an eye drop, and little of the medication reaches the bloodstream. Based on this information, it is unlikely that a significant amount of the drug would reach the breast milk. However, the possibility of problems cannot be entirely eliminated, since this medication has never been studied in breastfeeding women. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Elestat while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects (such as irritability or drowsiness) in your child.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Breastfeeding and Elestat
You should talk with your healthcare provider about taking this medication while breastfeeding. 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 Elestat that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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