What is sulpiride?
Sulpiride is an anti-psychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia, and is said to act as a “major tranquilizer.” Sulpiride works by blocking many major receptors in the brain, including dopamine receptors. Due to the decrease of dopamine, prolactin levels become elevated, resulting in an increased milk supply.
How does sulpiride affect breastfeeding?
Sulpiride blocks dopamine receptors, and inhibits the production of dopamine. Dopamine usually lessens the production of prolactin (the horomone that stimulates milk production) so when there is a decrease in dopamine, there is an increase in prolactin, leading to an increase in milk supply. Sulpiride passes into the breastmilk in very small amounts.
Is sulpiride safe?
Due to the sedating effects of sulpiride, it may or may not be safe for a woman to take while nursing. Unfortunately, there is little evidence to suggest whether or not the drug is safe to use for the purpose of increasing milk supply. Common side affects of sulpiride include; hypotension, dry mouth, sweating, nausea, insomnia, allergic reactions, sedation and hyperness. It is unknown whether of not the use of sulpiride increases a womans chance for the development of breast cancer.
Where is sulpiride obtained?
Sulpiride is a prescription drug that can only be obtained with a prescription from a physician or psychiatrist in the United States. Many women choose not to go this route, and order their medications through unverified online pharmacies that do not require a prescription. This can be a very dangerous practice.