Domperidone - Pikesville,MD

Updated on February 03, 2007
J.A. asks from Pikesville, MD
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Hi I am in the process of relactating and am currently pumping alot plus taking lots of herbs, teas, and have been taking reglan on and off. I am very interested in trying domperidone, but i know that that drug is not typically used in the US. I want to ask my obgyn for a prescription. Do you think medical professionals would be willing to write a prescription for a medicine like this? Or do you think they wont since its not an approved medicine? Does anyone know how i can go about getting domperidone if my obgyn wont write up a prescription?

ETA!! For the people who say the stuff used to relactate sounds scary - The tea, herbs, and reglan are all approved for relactating mamas, there is nothing scary about these things, they are natural substances (with the exception of reglan) and have been around for a long long time. As for the reglan, yes, reglan can lead to depression, but so can many other medicines, you just have to watch yourself and come off of it if symptoms of depression occur. As for the domperidone, there are NO side effects when taken orally for relactation. I am sorry, but this is a touchy subject for me, you do what you have to do in order to relactate. I sincerely thank everyone who has given me advice, but please know, there is no way i am stopping the tea and herbs and i will be doing everything i can to get on domperidone.

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answers from Erie on

Dear J.:
Please allow me to preface what I am about to say by telling you who I am. I am a medically retired Physicians Assistant & Midwife Certified in both PA & AK. I am also a disabled mother of a soon to be 17 year old son.
In June of 2004 a Warning was sent out by the FDA regarding domperidone due to cardiac issues. The issues involved people who were already very sick and only when the drug was taken intravenously.
If you live in the US, there are many ways to obtain domperidone. It is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics for use in breastfeeding mothers. If your OBGyn will not write for the drug, it is available through most online Canadian Pharmacies. I have included several links below. Keep in mind that in most cases it is the generic that is offered. If you are close enough to the Canadian border you could take a ride up there and see a doc to get a "new" prescription for your drug as you are "out and up here visiting." Just a really unethical suggestion, but I understand your situation so here they are:

I hope at least one of these ways help, I would go through your OBGyn first and then if you find no relief there, there is always the Internet.

Please let me know how you make out.

Good Luck and God Bless,

J. T

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answers from Dover on

just wanted to add that reglan is known to cause depression, domperidone is not.

you could always ask your OB but it isn't FDA approved in the states. you could go online and order it but i would do some research on thd dosage needed.

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answers from Washington DC on

Don't take anything that you wouldn't be willing to give to your baby too. I agree with the person who said the herbs and teas sound scary. If you're taking them, baby's taking them. Just because you can buy something doesn't mean it's safe.

Ask your pediatrician!!!

If it's not an approved medicine, what are you doing taking it? If you're willing to take the risk it's one thing, but most stuff is secreted in breast milk so your baby will get it too.

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answers from Philadelphia on

Thank you!!!! I too have made the decision to begin relactation! I felt alone and confused! I have been trying mothers milk organic tea from our local health food market, and I was going to being taking the herbal tablets to increase my milk production from GNC. COULD YOU RECOMMEND ANYTHING THAT MAY HELP ME ALONG MY JOURNEY!!!

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answers from Scranton on

I want to say kudos to you. What a strong mama to go through all the work involved in relactation! Keep up the good work. :)

I think the hard part is finding a doctor who is truly supportive of breastfeeding. Most of the time the best you can hope for is someone who pays lip service to it but recommends formula as "just as good" at the first sign of trouble. >:( If you have a nearby LLL maybe someone can recommend someone.

Good luck! :D



answers from Philadelphia on

no offense but all those drugs sound really scarry. you stopped breast feeding and now you are starting again? Anyway, I would recomment Guinness beer, that is what they gave me in the NICU for milk production and it worked like a dream.. i would just be afraid. what is safe today is bad tomorrow. be very careful.



answers from Philadelphia on

Have you tried a "lact-aid"? Available from La Leche League.
( Medela breastpumps may be the mfg.
It's a plastic bag you fill with pumped/donated breast milk with a small piece of tubing you position at your nipple, so that when the baby sucks, he's getting positive reinforcement (milk), plus stimulating your breasts to make milk. Adoptive Moms have used them for bonding, etc. and moms have used for relactating.

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