Is Pamidronate Disodium compatible with breastfeeding? Do we have alternatives for Pamidronate Disodium?

Pamidronate Disodium

November 1, 2015 (Very Low Risk)

It is composed by bisphosphonates

Most bisphosphonates are acidic compounds that achieve low plasma concentration. Both features make it unlikely excretion into the milk in clinically significant amount.

Intestinal absorption of bisphosphonates is very low even during fasting and is considered negligible in the presence of milk due to formation with the calcium of non absorbable compounds.

Pamidronate is excreted into breast milk in clinically insignificant amount and no problems have been observed in infants whose mothers were treated, except some cases of mild and asymptomatic hypocalcemia in infants whose mothers had been already treated before and / or during pregnancy, so some authors suggest regular monitoring of serum calcium.


We do not have alternatives for Pamidronate Disodium since it is relatively safe.

Very Low Risk

Compatible. Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Low Risk

Moderately safe. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

High Risk

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use a safer alternative. Read the Comment.

Very High Risk

Not recommended. Cessation of breastfeeding or alternative.


  • Pamidronic Acid


  • Παμιδρονικό Δινάτριο (Greek)
  • حمض باميدرونيك (Arabic)
  • Динатрий Памидронат (Cyrillic)
  • 帕米膦酸 (Chinese)
  • パミドロン酸 (Japanese)
  • C3H9NNa2O7P2,5H2O (Molecular formula)


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