Benzthiazide use while Breastfeeding
Drugs containing Benzthiazide: Exna
Benzthiazide Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding
Summary of Use during Lactation
If benzthiazide is required by the mother, it is not a reason to discontinue breastfeeding. Intense diuresis with large doses may decrease breastmilk production.
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 on benzthiazide was not found as of the revision date. Intense diuresis with thiazides and thiazide-like diuretics, fluid restriction and breast binding have been used to suppress postpartum lactation. The added contribution of the diuretic to these measures, which are effective in suppressing lactation, has not been studied. There are no data on the effects of diuretics on established, ongoing lactation.
Alternate Drugs to Consider
1. Healy M. Suppressing lactation with oral diuretics. Lancet. 1961;277:1353-4.
2. Stout G. Suppression of lactation. Br Med J. 1962;1:1150. Letter. PMC: PMC1958377
3. Reiher KH. [Suppression of lactation by stimulation of diuresis]. Zentralbl Gynakol. 1963;85:188-90. PMID: 13973786
CAS Registry Number
- Antihypertensive Agents
- Thiazide Diuretics
LactMed Record Number
Information from the National Library of Medicine's LactMed Database.
Last Revision Date
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