Bacitracin use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Bacitracin: Neosporin, Polysporin, Triple Antibiotic, Polysporin Ophthalmic, Cortisporin Ointment, Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment, Polysporin Ointment, Betadine Antibiotic, Neocin, Neosporin + Pain Relief Neo to Go!, Show all 43 »Polytracin Ophthalmic, Ocutricin, Septa, Ocu-Cort, AK-Poly-Bac, Neotricin HC, Neosporin Plus Maximum Strength Ointment, Spectrocin Plus, Triple Antibiotic Plus, Polycin-B, Ocu-Tracin, Betadine Plus Antibiotic and Pain Reliever, Rash Relief Antibacterial, Duospore, Polytracin, Campho-Phenique Maximum Strength, Baciguent, Lanabiotic, Mycitracin Plus Pain Reliever, Triple Antibiotic Ophthalmic Ointment, AK-Spore Ointment, Ocu-Spore-B, Neocidin, Neo-Poly-Bac, Cortomycin Eye Ointment, Baci-Rx, AK-Tracin, Tribiotic Plus, Cortisporin Ophthalmic Ointment, Mycitracin Triple Antibiotic, Medi-Quik, BACiiM, Triple Antibiotic HC Ophthalmic Ointment

Bacitracin Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Because it is poorly absorbed after topical application and oral ingestion, bacitracin is considered a low risk to the nursing infant.[1] Only water-miscible cream or gel products should be applied to the breast because ointments may expose the infant to high levels of mineral paraffins via licking.[2]

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

Clindamycin, Mupirocin

References

1. Leachman SA, Reed BR. The use of dermatologic drugs in pregnancy and lactation. Dermatol Clin. 2006;24:167-97. PMID: 16677965

2. Noti A, Grob K, Biedermann M et al. Exposure of babies to C(15)-C(45) mineral paraffins from human milk and breast salves. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2003;38:317-25. PMID: 14623482

Bacitracin Identification

Substance Name

Bacitracin

CAS Registry Number

1405-87-4

Drug Class

  • Antiinfective Agents, Local
  • Antibacterial Agents

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

549

Information from the National Library of Medicine's LactMed Database.

Last Revision Date

2013-09-07

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