Cyclophosphamide use while Breastfeeding
Drugs containing Cyclophosphamide: Cytoxan, Cytoxan Lyophilized, Neosar
Cyclophosphamide Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding
Summary of Use during Lactation
Most sources consider breastfeeding to be contraindicated during maternal antineoplastic drug therapy, especially alkylating agents such as cyclophosphamide. Neutropenia has been reported in 2 infants whose mothers breastfed them while receiving cyclophosphamide.
Maternal Levels.Unmetabolized cyclophosphamide was qualitatively detected in milk 1, 3, 5 and 6 hours after IV injection of 500 mg of drug in one patient. Quantitative determination has not been reported.
Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
Effects in Breastfed Infants
In one 23-day-old infant, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia and a low hemoglobin were possibly caused by cyclophosphamide after 3 days of maternal treatment with cyclophosphamide 6 mg/kg IV daily (total dose 300 mg).
In a 4-month-old, neutropenia was probably caused by cyclophosphamide in a mother 9 days after the last of 6 weekly doses of 800 mg cyclophosphamide intravenously, 2 mg vincristine intravenously and daily doses of 30 mg of prednisolone orally. Neutropenia persisted at least 12 days and was accompanied by a brief episode of diarrhea.
Possible Effects on Lactation
Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
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- Antineoplastic Agents
LactMed Record Number
Information from the National Library of Medicine's LactMed Database.
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