I am a breastfeeding mother and i want to know if it is safe to use Cyclobenzaprine? Is Cyclobenzaprine safe for nursing mother and child? Does Cyclobenzaprine extracts into breast milk? Does Cyclobenzaprine has any long term or short term side effects on infants? Can Cyclobenzaprine influence milk supply or can Cyclobenzaprine decrease milk supply in lactating mothers?

Cyclobenzaprine lactation summary

Cyclobenzaprine usage has low risk in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Cyclobenzaprine is 3 out of 8 which is considered Low Risk as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 3 indicates that usage of Cyclobenzaprine may cause some minor side effects in breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research indicates that Cyclobenzaprine may cause moderate to no side effects in lactating mother.
  • Most of scientific studies and research papers declaring usage of Cyclobenzaprine low risk in breastfeeding are based on normal dosage and may not hold true for higher dosage.
  • While using Cyclobenzaprine We suggest monitoring child for possible reactions. It is also important to understand that side effects vary largely based on age of breastfed child and time of medication in addition to dosage.
  • Score calculated using the DrLact safety Version 1.2 model, this score ranges from 0 to 8 and measures overall safety of drug in lactation. Scores are primarily calculated using publicly available case studies, research papers, other scientific journals and publically available data.

Answer by Dr. Ru: About Cyclobenzaprine usage in lactation

Relaxant drug of the muscle with action on the Central Nervous System and chemically related to tricyclic antidepressants. At latest update, relevant information on excretion into breast milk was not found. Because of a high plasma protein binding capacity, excretion into breast milk seems to be unlikely. Long-term treatments or those mothers who are nursing a newborn or premature infant would be prudent the use of a known safer alternative or with a shorter elimination half life. Infants should be monitored for sleepiness.

Answer by DrLact: About Cyclobenzaprine usage in lactation

If cyclobenzaprine is required by the mother, it is not necessarily a reason to discontinue breastfeeding. However, because there is no published experience with cyclobenzaprine during breastfeeding, other agents may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant, or when other drugs that can cause sedation are used simultaneously.

Alternate Drugs

Meprobamate(Low Risk)
Cyclobenzaprine(Low Risk)
Carisoprodol(Low Risk)
Disclaimer: Information presented in this database is not meant as a substitute for professional judgment. You should consult your healthcare provider for breastfeeding advice related to your particular situation. We do not warrant or assume any liability or responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information on this Site.