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    Statins during breastfeeding
    Roulanas posted:
    I would like to know if it is ok to take any statin (or other cholesterol-lowering medication) while breastfeeding. My baby is around 16 months old now.
    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi Roula:

    Please consult with your doctor(s).

    General info-only

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    Statins and Breastfeeding

    According to the FDA and several drug manufacturers, breastfeeding women should avoid statin medications. In many cases, no research has been done, so it is not known if it is safe for women to use these drugs while breastfeeding. However, it is theoretically possible that statins could cause serious problems. If you are thinking about breastfeeding and using statins, talk to your healthcare provider first.

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    James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
    I would recommend against it. Not enough is known about the effect of statins on babies during breastfeeding to say it is completely safe.

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