Flumadine Tablet while Breastfeeding

Breast milk is superior in nutrition, It provides resistance against infections and allergies, It is naturally sterile. Despite all the advantages of breastfeeding some mothers choose to pause the breastfeeding in fear of harmful effects of medicines passing in breast milk. Are you wondering about breastfeeding and using Flumadine Tablet ? Know what is Flumadine Tablet and how it can affect your breast milk and whether Flumadine Tablet is safe for your kid or not.

What is Flumadine Tablet used for?

Flumadine is indicated for the prophylaxis and treatment of illness caused by various strains of influenza A virus in adults (17 years and older). Flumadine is indicated for prophylaxis against influenza A virus in children (1 year to 16 years of age). PROPHYLAXIS: In controlled studies of children (1 year to 16 years of age), healthy adults (17 years and older), and elderly patients (65 yeas of age and older), Flumadine has been shown to be safe and effective in preventing signs and symptoms of infection caused by various strains of influenza A virus. Since Flumadine does not completely prevent the host immune response to influenza A infection, individuals who take this drug may still develop immune responses to natural disease or vaccination and may be protected when later exposed to antigenically-related viruses. Following vaccination during an influenza outbreak, Flumadine prophylaxis should be considered for the 2 to 4 week time period required to develop an antibody response. However, the safety and effectiveness of Flumadine prophylaxis have not been demonstrated for longer than 6 weeks. TREATMENT: Flumadine therapy should be considered for adults (17 years and older) who develop an influenza-like illness during known or suspected influenza A infection in the community. When administered within 48 hours after onset of signs and symptoms of infection caused by influenza A virus strains, Flumadine has been shown to reduce the duration of fever and systemic symptoms. The following points should be considered before initiating treatment or prophylaxis with FLUMADINE: FLUMADINE is not a substitute for early vaccination on an annual basis as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Influenza viruses change over time. Emergence of resistance mutations could decrease drug effectiveness. Other factors (for example, changes in viral virulence) might also diminish clinical benefit of antiviral drugs. Prescribers should consider available information on influenza drug susceptibility patterns and treatment effects when deciding whether to use FLUMADINE.

Is Flumadine Tablet usage safe while breastfeeding? If a lactating mother is using it can there be any effect on growth or development of infant?

Flumadine Tablet low risk for breastfeeding
Flumadine Tablet contains only one active ingredient that is Rimantadine hydrochloride. We have analyzed the usage of Rimantadine hydrochloride in breastfeeding and our analysis suggest that Rimantadine hydrochloride poses Low risk for infant while breastfeeding and hence Flumadine Tablet itself shall be considered Low risk item for breastfeeding.

Statement of Manufacturer/Labeler about breastfeeding usage
Nursing Mothers: Flumadine should not be administered to nursing mothers because of the adverse effects noted in offspring of rats treated with rimantadine during the nursing period. Rimantadine is concentrated in rat milk in a dose-related manner: 2 to 3 hours following administration of rimantadine, rat breast milk levels were approximately twice those observed in the serum.

Flumadine Tablet Breastfeeding Analsys

Rimantadine hydrochloride while Breastfeeding

Low Risk

CAS Number: 1501-84-4

An antiviral used in the prophylaxis of influenza A. Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk. Its use is authorized for children from one year of age.Its large volume of distribution makes it unlikely that milk will pass through in significant amounts.Possible side effects are rare and mild. Until there is more published data on this drug in relation to breastfeeding, safer known alternatives may be preferable, especially during the neonatal period and in case of prematurity.

Flumadine Tablet and breastfeeding

What if I already have used Flumadine Tablet?

Flumadine Tablet is in the category of low risk, if you have already used it then its not a big deal if health and behavior of baby is good. However your health care provider shall be aware of the fact that you have used Flumadine Tablet so you should inform him based on your convenience.

I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Flumadine Tablet, is it safe?

Though Flumadine Tablet dose not comes in category of safe drugs rather it comes in category of low risk but if your doctor is aware that you are breastfeeding your baby and has still recommended it then its advantages must be outweighing the risks.

If I am using Flumadine Tablet, will my baby need extra monitoring?

Not much monitoring required while using Flumadine Tablet

Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Flumadine Tablet in breastfeeding?

National Womens Health and Breastfeeding Helpline: 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300-100-0212 9.30am to 9.30pm, daily
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300-330-5453
La Leche League: 0345-120-2918
The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti: 0300-456-2421
National Childbirth Trust (NCT): 0300-330-0700

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 1800-686-268 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Telehealth Ontario for breastfeeding: 1-866-797-0000 24 hours a day, 7 days a week