Can Breastfeeding Women Receive Rituxan?
At this time, it is unknown if Rituxan®
) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer recommends that women consider both the unknown risks of the medication and the benefits of breastfeeding when choosing whether to receive Rituxan while breastfeeding.
Important Information on Rituxan and Breastfeeding
Currently, no research has been done to see if Rituxan passes through breast milk in humans, although it has been shown to pass through breast milk in monkeys. In addition, it is unknown if this medication would be absorbed to any significant extent from the digestive tract of the infant. It is also unknown if Rituxan could cause any serious problems in a breastfed infant.
In general, very little is known about the safety of most drugs during breastfeeding, as it is usually considered unethical to study medications in breastfeeding women. Although this lack of information can be frustrating, it is important to understand that this restriction is designed to protect babies, who cannot protect themselves and cannot consent to such studies.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and Rituxan 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.