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Herzl Family Practice Centre, Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic Patient handout

What is domperidone?

Who needs it?

  1. Domperidone is not for everyone. There are specific reasons for this medication.
  2. If you feel you do not have enough milk, you should first see a lactation consultant and/or doctor.
  3. It is important to try other ways of increasing milk supply first (without pills).
  4. Other medical problems may need to be treated first. Blood tests may need to be done.

Is domperidone safe?

Domperidone is also approved by Health Canada for use in children and adults for stomach problems. In fact, the dose received by the infant through breastmilk is far less than the dose given to children.

What to be careful about when taking domperidone:

Domperidone, like all medicine, may have side effects and risks. However, we believe that breastfeeding while on domperidone is a safer alternative than having to give formula.

If you have had any of the following conditions, you should discuss this with a doctor before starting domperidone:

Domperidone can interact with other medication. It is important that you tell your doctor or pharmacy you are taking domperidone before you are given any medication.

Medications that may interact with domperidone:

How to take domperidone:

Side effects:

Side effects are not very common, and usually improve after a week of taking domperidone.

The main side effects are:

The information contained in this patient handout is a suggestion only, and is not a substitute for consultation with a health professional or lactation specialist. This handout is the property of the author(s) and the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic. No part of this handout can be changed or modified without permission from the author and the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic. This handout may be copied and distributed without further permission on the condition that it is not used in any context in which the International Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes is violated. For more information, please contact the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic, Herzl Family Practice Centre, SMBD Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. © 2009

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