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Korlym and Breastfeeding

The manufacturer of Korlym (mifepristone) recommends that women not use this drug while nursing. The active ingredient in the medication is known to pass through breast milk, and Korlym is associated with potentially serious side effects. If you do take Korlym while breastfeeding, watch for adverse reactions in your child, such as vomiting, unusual tiredness, or problems feeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Korlym?

Korlym™ (mifepristone) is a prescription medication approved for use in certain people with Cushing's syndrome who have type 2 diabetes or glucose intolerance. Korlym passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before taking this drug.

More Information on Korlym and Breastfeeding

There is little information available on the use of Korlym during breastfeeding, as the medicine has not been adequately studied in breastfeeding women. Mifepristone, the active ingredient in Korlym, has been found in breast milk for as long as five days after a single dose was taken. However, the levels of the drug in the breast milk were the highest six to nine hours after the dose.
The manufacturer of Korlym recommends that women not take the drug while nursing. It is associated with potentially serious side effects and, until more information is available, potential risks to a nursing child cannot be ruled out.
If your healthcare provider recommends using this drug while you are breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any potential Korlym side effects in your child. Some of the possible side effects may include but are not limited to:
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty feeding or lack of appetite.
If you notice any potential side effects, or if something "just does not seem right," talk to your child's healthcare provider.
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