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VICTRELIS and Breastfeeding

Because of the potential for serious side effects, breastfeeding is not recommended while taking VICTRELIS (boceprevir). It is unclear if the drug actually passes through breast milk in humans. However, in animal studies, VICTRELIS was shown to pass through the breast milk of rats.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take VICTRELIS?

VICTRELIS™ (boceprevir) is a prescription medicine used to treat chronic hepatitis C. It belongs to a group of medicines called protease inhibitors.
 
At this time, it is not known if VICTRELIS passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer recommends women choose either breastfeeding or VICTRELIS treatment. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this medicine.
 

What Does the Research Say About VICTRELIS and Breastfeeding?

No studies have been done to see if VICTRELIS passes through breast milk in humans. In animal studies, the drug was shown to pass through the breast milk of rats. The amount found in the rat breast milk was higher than the levels found in the rat bloodstream. However, the amount of VICTRELIS found in the nursing rats was less than 1 percent of the amount found in the mother rats.
 
VICTRELIS is associated with potentially serious side effects. Although it is unclear whether a nursing infant would be exposed to the medication, because of the potential for serious side effects, it is recommended that the medicine not be used during breastfeeding.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and VICTRELIS 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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