How Long Does Vicodin Stay In Breast Milk?


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Vicodin has been used frequently by breastfeeding mothers with no negative impact on the baby being reported. Despite this, it is suggested that you do not breast feed for about six hours after your last dose of Vicodin.

If you have any further worries about using Vicodin whilst you are breastfeeding then contact your local doctor or pharmacist.

How long does Vicodin stay in breast milk?
Vicodin is an opiate and is generally considered to be one of the safest painkillers to use when a mother breastfeeds. However - be careful, as this is not true of all opiates!

The following are opiate painkillers that can be prescribed by a doctor if you are experiencing severe pain:

  • Morphine: Levels of morphine are low in breast milk and therefore it is not dangerous to use when feeding.
  • Demerol: Should be avoided as it has been known to cause sedation in the infant.
  • Fentanyl: Fentanyl is much the same as morphine and poses little risk.
  • Vicodin: See above.
  • Codeine: Codeine should be avoided, especially if a safer option is possible, as some mothers have a genetic problem which makes it harder for them to metabolise the medication. This will cause the levels of codeine in the mother to build up, which could cause significant risk to the baby when it is feeding.

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