Cefpodoxime use while Breastfeeding
Drugs containing Cefpodoxime: Vantin
Cefpodoxime Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding
Summary of Use during Lactation
Although no information is available on the use of cefpodoxime during breastfeeding, cephalosporins are generally not expected to cause adverse effects in breastfed infants. Occasionally, disruption of the infant's gastrointestinal flora, resulting in diarrhea or thrush, has been reported with cephalosporins, but these effects have not been adequately evaluated. Cefpodoxime is acceptable to use during breastfeeding.
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
Hyperprolactinemia and bilateral galactorrhea occurred in a nonpregnant, 40-year-old woman taking cefpodoxime 200 mg twice daily for 2 days. Seven days after stopping the drug, galactorrhea ceased and the serum prolactin dropped markedly into the normal range. One month later it had dropped further. Because no other cause could be found, the authors determined that the galactorrhea and hyperprolactinemia were probably caused by cefpodoxime.
The prolactin level in a mother with established lactation may not affect her ability to breastfeed.
Alternate Drugs to Consider
1. Khurana V, Gambhir IS. Cefpodoxime-induced hyperprolactinemic galactorrhea. Ann Intern Med. 2010;152:136. Letter. PMID: 20083845
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