Stevia

Drug Levels and Effects:




Summary of Use during Lactation:


Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)leavescontain rebaudiosides and steviosides. The stevialeafhas been studied for treating diabetes and hypertension, although results are equivocal. Stevia has no specific lactation-related uses. No data exist on the excretion of any components of stevia into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of stevia in nursing mothers or infants. Rebaudioside A is "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) as a sweetening agent for foods by the US Food and Drug Administration. Although risk to the breastfed infant appears to be low, an alternate artificial sweetener with more data available may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant.

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Drug Levels:


Maternal Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Effects in Breastfed Infants:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Possible Effects on Lactation:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Alternate Drugs to Consider:


Aspartame,Saccharin,Sucralose


References:






Substance Identification:




Substance Name:

Stevia

Scientific Name:

Stevia rebaudiana

CAS Registry Number:

91722-21-3

Drug Class:


  • Plants, Medicinal

  • Sweetening Agents


  • Administrative Information:




    LactMed Record Number:


    932


    Last Revision Date:


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