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Medications/Antidepressants Safe to use While Bfing
« on: June 11, 2006, 15:02:38 pm »
Medications safe to use while breastfeeding

Check with your doctor, of course, but here is a list of meds approved by the AAP for Breastfeeding mothers.  It's a selected list, I'm including those meds that are regarded to be the safest to use, unless otherwise indicated.  Many more drugs are AAP-approved, but have a "moderately safe" rating as opposed to a "safer" or "very safe" rating for lactation risk.

Pain:
Pain Ibuprofen (Motrin)
Morphine
Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Naproxen, Aleve) – recommended for chronic use (moderately safe)
Morhphine (moderately safe)

Depression:
Sertraline (Zoloft)
Paroxetine (Paxil)

Asthma:
Cromolyn (Intal)
Nedocromil (Tilade)

Contraception:
Barrier methods

Antibiotics:
Amoxicillin (Larotid, Amoxil)
Aztreonam (Azactam)
Cefadroxil (Ultracef, Duricef)
Cefazolin (Ancef, Kefzol)
Cefotaxime (Claforan)
Cefoxitin (Mefoxin)
Ceftazidime (Ceftazidime, Fortaz, Taxidime)
Ceftriaxone (Rocephin)
Erythromycin (E-Mycin, Ery-tab, ERYC, Ilosone) [less safe for early postnatal]
Moxalactam (Moxam)
Penicillin
Sulbactam 
Ticarcillin (Ticarcillin, Ticar, Timentin)

Antihistimine:
Loratadine (Claritin)


Cough/cold:
Many forms of Robitussin, Delsym and Benylin are ok – check active ingredients and consult your doctor
Dextromethorphan (not reviewed by the AAP but considered very safe)
Guaifenesin (also not reviewed by the AAP but considered fairly safe)
Codeine (AAP approved and considered moderately safe)
Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Halofed, Novafed, Actifed) – AAP approved for chronic use (moderately safe)

Galactagogues (milk supply)
Domperidone

Thyroid meds:
Levothyroxine (Synthroid, Levothroid, Thyroid, Levo-T, Levoxyl)

Compiled from:
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010701/119.html
http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;108/3/776/T6
http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/aap-approved-meds.html

You can also look at motherisk.org, a Canadian website with up to date information on medications and drugs for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
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Re: Medications Safe to use While Bfing
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2006, 14:27:17 pm »
This website enables you to check whether a particular drug is compatible with breastfeeding:
http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT
Although you should still discuss your decisions with your health care provider.
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Re: Medications/Antidepressants Safe to use While Bfing
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009, 19:48:51 pm »
More info here:
http://www.nhbreastfeedingtaskforce.org/pdf/breastfeeding_depression.pdf

(Added by Fiver 2 May 2013 - please note that this document is intended for use by health care providers)
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Re: Medications/Antidepressants Safe to use While Bfing
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2013, 10:55:32 am »
For factsheets regarding many different types of drugs and information on breastfeeding and various different illnesses (everything from alcohol to vitamins), please see here - http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/drugs-in-breastmilk-information-and-factsheets
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