Ethacrynic Acid use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Ethacrynic Acid: Edecrin, Sodium Edecrin

Ethacrynic Acid Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Because no information is available on the use of ethacrynic acid during breastfeeding and because intense diuresis might decrease lactation, an alternate drug may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant.

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

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

Possible Effects on Lactation

Ethacrynic acid was reportedly used successfully to suppress lactation in 6 postpartum women who did not want to breastfeed and to decrease the intensity of milk production in another.[1] The added contribution of the diuretic to the other measures, which are effective in suppressing lactation, has not been studied. No data exist on the effects of loop diuretics on established, ongoing lactation.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

Chlorothiazide, Hydrochlorothiazide

References

1. Mahon R, Dubecq JP, Baudet E et al. [Use of Edecrine in obstetrics]. Bull Fed Soc Gynecol Obstet Lang Fr. 1968;20:440-2. PMID: 5759113

Ethacrynic Acid Identification

Substance Name

Ethacrynic Acid

CAS Registry Number

58-54-8

Drug Class

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

106

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

Last Revision Date

2013-09-07

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