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Viokace and Breastfeeding

It is unclear if Viokace passes through breast milk. However, not treating a pancreatic enzyme deficiency could lead to problems, and in many cases, the benefits of using Viokace while breastfeeding outweigh the potential risks to a nursing child. Before using this drug while breastfeeding, discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Viokace?

Viokace® (pancrelipase) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of pancreatic enzyme deficiencies. It is unknown whether Viokace passes through breast milk in humans.

More Information About Viokace and Breastfeeding

This drug has not been studied in any breastfeeding humans or animals. It is unknown if it passes through breast milk.
Breastfeeding is a time of increased nutritional need for mothers, and it would not be a good time to leave a pancreatic digestive enzyme deficiency untreated due to the risk for malnutrition. In many (if not most) cases, the benefits provided to a breastfeeding woman taking Viokace will exceed the risks to the nursing infant.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Viokace 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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