Testred and Breastfeeding

Although Testred (methyltestosterone capsules) is approved for use in women who have certain types of late-stage breast cancer, this drug should not be used while breastfeeding. It is not known whether the medicine passes through breast milk or if would harm a nursing infant. Also, taking Testred while breastfeeding may decrease the production of breast milk and increase the risk for blood clots.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Testred?

Testred® (methyltestosterone capsules) is a prescription medication most often used in men, as it contains a form of testosterone. The manufacturer warns that breastfeeding women should not take Testred. This drug is approved for women only for the treatment of certain cases of late-stage breast cancer. It is not approved for treating low testosterone in women.
 

More Information on Testred and Breastfeeding

It is not known if methyltestosterone (the active ingredient in Testred) passes through breast milk in large amounts or if it could cause problems in nursing infants. There might be particular concern for female infants.
 
Testosterone medications were once used to suppress lactation in women who chose not to breastfeed. It seems that testosterone inhibits prolactin, a hormone important for breastfeeding. Because Testred has the potential to decrease your breast milk supply and may increase the risks for postpartum blood clots, you should not take it while breastfeeding.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Testred use 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. In almost all circumstances, it is probably not a good idea for breastfeeding women to take Testred.
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