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Can I take Chantix if I am breastfeeding?

There is not enough research available to show that Chantix (varenicline) is safe to take while breastfeeding. Studies have not shown whether Chantix passes through breast milk. Your doctor may discuss the risks and benefits of taking Chantix while breastfeeding and compare these to the risks of smoking while nursing a baby. Your doctor may also suggest using an alternative method to stop smoking.
Nina Evans
Pharmacy
We just don't know enough about how Chantix (varenicline) works when you are breastfeeding, so we can't tell you that it's okay to take it. We simply don't know if the drug ingredients pass through breast milk to a nursing baby. If you are breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before you take Chantix. Of course, your smoking is dangerous for your baby (and you) so it's important for you to find a safe way to quit. Ask your doctor about other smoking cessation methods that have been proven safe for your baby.

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