Simethicone During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

by on June 24, 2012

Can Pregnant Women Take Simethicone?

There is not enough data to establish the safety of simethicone during pregnancy. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration has not formally assigned any drug classification on simethicone. However, some resources consider it as probably compatible with pregnancy since it does not seem to cross the placenta. More well-controlled studies on pregnant women are required establish its safety. Because of the lack of adequate information about simethicone use during pregnancy, the manufacturer recommends that the drug be used by pregnant women only when the benefit outweighs the risk.

Tell your healthcare provider if you plan to become pregnant or are pregnant before starting with simethicone. If you become pregnant while taking this drug, consult your healthcare provider right away. You will need to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the drug with your healthcare provider.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Simethicone?

At present, there are no sufficient data available regarding the simethicone use while breastfeeding. However, it is thought that this medication is not absorbed orally. So, it is unlikely to be excreted into the breast milk. Furthermore, simethicone is safely used in breastfed infants without any side effects or untoward reports.

More studies are required to determine the maternal levels of simethicone, its potential effects on breastfed infants as well as its possible effects on lactation. Although simethicone appears safe for breastfeeding women, it is best that you consult your healthcare provider first before taking this drug. Take note that not all women experience the same circumstances. Your healthcare provider is in the best position to give you necessary health recommendations regarding use of this drug during breastfeeding.