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Zegerid OTC and Breastfeeding

It is known that one of the active ingredients in Zegerid OTC does pass through human breast milk. However, it is not known what problems (if any) this medication would cause in an infant. Due to the unknown risks, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that women not use Zegerid OTC while breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Zegerid OTC?

Zegerid OTC™ (omeprazole/sodium bicarbonate) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of the prescription version of Zegerid recommends that women avoid taking this medication while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are nursing a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Zegerid OTC.

What Does the Research Say About Zegerid OTC and Breastfeeding?

Omeprazole (one of the active ingredients in Zegerid OTC) is known to pass through breast milk in humans. It is unknown what effects (if any) omeprazole would cause in an infant exposed to the drug through breast milk.
Studies have shown that lansoprazole (a very similar medication to Zegerid OTC) passes through breast milk in rats. The manufacturers of lansoprazole suggest that women avoid taking this medication while breastfeeding, as there is theoretically an increased risk of cancer or tumors (based on studies of lansoprazole in rats).
Because of the unknown risks, a different medication may be a better option.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Zegerid OTC 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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