Cloxacillin use while Breastfeeding
Drugs containing Cloxacillin: Cloxapen, Tegopen
Cloxacillin Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding
Summary of Use during Lactation
Cloxacillin is acceptable to use during breastfeeding. Limited information indicates that maternal doses of cloxacillin produce low levels in milk that are 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 penicillins, but these effects have not been adequately evaluated.
Maternal Levels.No studies have reported milk levels after oral cloxacillin. After a single intramuscular dose of 500 mg of cloxacillin in 2 women, milk levels ranged from 0.1 to 0.3 mg/L between 1 and 6 hours after the dose.
Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
Effects in Breastfed Infants
In a telephone follow-up study, 10 nursing mothers reported taking cloxacillin (dosage unspecified). Two mothers reported diarrhea in their infants. No rashes or candidiasis were reported among the exposed infants.
Possible Effects on Lactation
Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
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2. Ito S, Blajchman A, Stephenson M et al. Prospective follow-up of adverse reactions in breast-fed infants exposed to maternal medication. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1993;168:1393-9. PMID: 8498418
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- Antiinfective Agents
- Antibacterial Agents
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