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21 Pain Medications After A Caesarean

Brenda Albano

September 18, 2019

Which Are Safe For Breastfeeding?

Pain medications are very necessary after a Caesarean Section. However, many mothers choose to breastfeed as soon as possible after the operation, posing a critical question.

Which pain medications are safe for a breastfeeding mother to take? Below is a list of pain medications (Analgesics) that are most often prescribed:

  1. Azapropazone/Apazone (Rheumox)
  2. Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  3. Butorphanol (Stadol)
  4. Codeine (Tylenol #3, #4)
  5. Colchicine
  6. Fentanyl (Sublimaze)
  7. Halothane (Fluothane)
  8. Ibuprofin (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin)
  9. Indomethacin (Indocin)
  10. Ketorolac (Toradol, Acular)
  11. Lidocaine
  12. Meperidine (Demerol)
  13. Methadone (Dolophine)
  14. Morphine
  15. Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Naproxen, Aleve)
  16. Nefopam (Acupan)
  17. Piroxicam (Feldene)
  18. Propoxyphene (Darvocet, Propacet, Darvon)
  19. Secobarbital (Seconal)
  20. Thiopental (Pentothal)
  21. Tolmetin (Tolectin)

These medications have been listed as safe to take during breastfeeding, however it is important to note that some medication may still pass through the breast milk to the baby.

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