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Beclomethasone use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Beclomethasone: Qvar, QNASL, Beconase AQ, Beclovent, Vanceril, Vancenase AQ, Vanceril DS

Beclomethasone Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Although not measured, the amounts of inhaled corticosteroids absorbed into the maternal bloodstream and excreted into breastmilk are probably too small to affect a breastfed infant. Reviewers and an expert panel consider inhaled and oral corticosteroids acceptable to use during breastfeeding.[1][2][3]

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

None reported with any corticosteroid. Three infants were breastfed for 6 months during maternal treatment with beclomethasone dipropionate by inhaler.[4]

Possible Effects on Lactation

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

Alternate Drugs to Consider

Budesonide

References

1. Greenberger PA, Patterson R. The management of asthma during pregnancy and lactation. Clin Rev Allergy. 1987;5:317-24. PMID: 3319123

2. Ellsworth A. Pharmacotherapy of asthma while breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 1994;10:39-41. PMID: 7619245

3. National Heart , Lung, and Blood Institute, National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Asthma and Pregnancy Working Group. NAEPP expert panel report. Managing asthma during pregnancy: recommendations for pharmacologic treatment-2004 update. 2004;1-57. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/lung/asthma/astpreg.htm

4. Brown HM, Storey G. Treatment of allergy of the respiratory tract with beclomethasone dipropionate steroid aerosol. Postgrad Med J. 1975;51 (Suppl 4):59-64. PMID: 1105520

Beclomethasone Identification

Substance Name

Beclomethasone

CAS Registry Number

4491-39-0

Drug Class

  • Anti-Allergic Agents
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents
  • Corticosteroids, Inhaled
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

25

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

Last Revision Date

2013-12-06

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