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I have a dear friend who is due to have a baby this summer. She suffers terribly from Psoriatic Arthritis. She has it in almost every joint in her body. I can't remember the name of the medication she takes, but it's safe to take while pregnant (after the first trimester).....however, it hasn't been tested on lactating animals enough to allow BFing mothers to take it. My friend HAS to take the medication...there is no way around it. Without it, she's bed ridden and her knees fill with fluid, her psoriasis covers her whole body (almost every crack and crevice...including her private parts). She wants to BF SOOOOO bad....does anybody have ANY information for alternatives for her....medical information, maybe somebody here is in the same boat....something...anything...my heart aches for her.
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Do you know what medication she's on? I understand about having to be on the medication - I truly cannot function without my rheumatoid arthritis drugs.

Some arthritis meds are truly unsafe for breastfeeding, but others are ok. Has she checked Dr. Hale's book/website?

I hope she can find a solution that works for her and her baby.
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Is it Enbrel? That's one my derm would be willing to put me on while still nursing. It's not bioavailable orally, so it's really not a bad bet.
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Do you know what medication she's on? I understand about having to be on the medication - I truly cannot function without my rheumatoid arthritis drugs.

Some arthritis meds are truly unsafe for breastfeeding, but others are ok. Has she checked Dr. Hale's book/website?

I hope she can find a solution that works for her and her baby.
Oh wow!!! Thank you for responding!! Can you send me a link so I can forward it to her?

M&A: I don't know if that's what she's taking...but the name rings a bell. I will mention to her that your Derm recommended it to you. Maybe she will be able to find out more info from a Derm.
Thank you ladies for responding...I *REALLY* appreciate it!
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Dr. Hale's website: http://www.worldadoptions.org/specialdelivery/index.ph There is a medications forum that you can check.

I'm also on Enbrel - my doctor told me that it's ok to be on while ttc/pregnant, and that on the record she can't tell me it's ok to take while nursing, but off the record she would try it herself. (we were unsuccessful at ttc before we decided to adopt.)
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Dr. Hale's website: http://www.worldadoptions.org/specialdelivery/index.ph There is a medications forum that you can check.

I'm also on Enbrel - my doctor told me that it's ok to be on while ttc/pregnant, and that on the record she can't tell me it's ok to take while nursing, but off the record she would try it herself. (we were unsuccessful at ttc before we decided to adopt.)
You are an ANGEL!!! Thank you!
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GREAT NEWS LADIES!!!! Monie: the link you provided didn't work, BUT I googled the Dr's name and found a great deal of information. My friend printed out a few pages from the web site I found, and brought them to her OB He read over it, and gave her approval to BF!!! He said Enbrel is a class B drug like Tylenol...so it's safe to take while bfing.
Thanks again ladies! I'm so happy for Genny, and she feels such a weight has been lifted off of her shoulders.
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sorry the link was messed up, but I'm glad your friend got good news!
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Well...my friend had her baby, and she nursed her for 2 weeks. Her ped said that if she wanted what was best for her baby, she would not risk getting Enbrel in her system by bfing, and that she needs to switch to formula. I think the poor advice from her ped, and the fact that bfing was agonizingly painful for her, she gave in without a fight. She cried...is glad that she at least recieved 2 weeks worth of BM. I JUST found out today. I wish I would've known tht she was going to make that decision...I might have been able to talk her out of it.
Thank again ladies...for taking the time to give me the info for her in the first place.
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