Breastfeeding and migraine drugs



Breastfeeding women may suffer from migraine. While we have many drugs for its treatment and prophylaxis, the majority are poorly studied in breastfeeding women. We conducted a review of the most common anti-migraine drugs (AMDs) and we determined their lactation risk.


For each AMD, we collected all retrievable data from Hale’s Medications and Mother Milk (2012), from the LactMed database (2014) of the National Library of Medicine, and from a MedLine Search of relevant studies published in the last 10 years.


According to our review, AMDs safe during breastfeeding are as follows: low-dose acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), ibuprofen, sumatriptan, metoprolol, propranolol, verapamil, amitriptyline, escitalopram, paroxetine, sertraline, acetaminophen, caffeine, and metoclopramide. AMDs compatible with breastfeeding but warranting caution are as follows: diclofenac, ketoprofen, naproxen, most new triptans, topiramate, valproate, venlafaxine, and cyproheptadine. Finally, high-dose ASA, atenolol, nadolol, cinnarizine, flunarizine, ergotamine, methysergide, and pizotifen are contraindicated.


According to our review, the majority of the revised AMDs were assessed to be compatible with breastfeeding.

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We thank Prof Thomas Hale, Texas Tech University, School of Medicine, Amarillo, Texas, for helpful advice.

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Davanzo, R., Bua, J., Paloni, G. et al. Breastfeeding and migraine drugs. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 70, 1313–1324 (2014).

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  • Migraine drugs
  • Breastfeeding
  • Lactation risk
  • Human milk