What are the AAN/AES guidelines for breastfeeding for women taking AEDs to treat epilepsy?

Updated: Nov 08, 2018
  • Author: Carmel Armon, MD, MSc, MHS; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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The AAN/AES guidelines state that primidone and levetiracetam probably transfer into breast milk in amounts that may be clinically important; valproate, phenobarbital, phenytoin, and carbamazepine probably are not transferred into breast milk in clinically important amounts. In addition to this general classification, the following information may be useful for decision-making regarding breastfeeding by women taking AEDs to treat epilepsy.


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