Is Valsartan compatible with breastfeeding? Do we have alternatives for Valsartan?

Valsartan

March 29, 2015 (Low Risk)

At latest update, relevant published data on excretion into breast milk were not found.

A high protein-binding capacity makes excretion into breast milk unlikely. In addition, a low oral bioavailability makes difficult the absorption towards the infant's plasma from ingested milk, except in prematures or newborns who may show an increased absorption.

Case report of kidney function impairment of a baby whose mother had taken Telmisartan in pregnancy.

Until more data on this medication is available, safer alternative drugs are preferred, especially in premature babies or during the neonatal period.

Should an ARA-II medication (Sartan type) be necessary, the associated risk may be decreased by choosing the one with a favorable pharmacokinetics (shorter half-life elimination time and lower bioavailability) like Eprosartan and Losartan

Alternatives

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.

Synonyms

  • バルサルタン
  • فالسارتان
  • βαλσαρτάνη
  • Вальзартан
  • 缬沙坦

References

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  2. Rowe H, Baker T, Hale TW. Maternal medication, drug use, and breastfeeding. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2013 Feb;60(1):275-94. 2013Abstract
  3. AEMPS. Valsartán. Ficha técnica. 2009 Full text (in our servers)
  4. MHRA. Valsartan. Drug Summary. 2009 Full text (in our servers)
  5. Tamargo j, Caballero R, Gómez R, Núñez L, Vaquero M y Delpón E. Características farmacológicas de los ARA-II. ¿Son todos iguales?. Rev Esp Cardiol Supl. 2006;6:10C-24C. 2006 Full text (in our servers)
  6. Pietrement C, Malot L, Santerne B, Roussel B, Motte J, Morville P. Neonatal acute renal failure secondary to maternal exposure to telmisartan, angiotensin II receptor antagonist. J Perinatol. 2003Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)