Oxymetazoline use while Breastfeeding

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Oxymetazoline Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Although no information exists on the use of oxymetazoline specifically during breastfeeding, very little should reach the infant through breastmilk because of the local administration and limited absorption into the maternal bloodstream. It has been recommended over oral systemic decongestants such as pseudoephedrine during breastfeeding.[1]

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

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

References

1. Anderson PO. Decongestants and milk production. J Hum Lact. 2000;16:294. Letter. PMID: 11155604

Oxymetazoline Identification

Substance Name

Oxymetazoline

CAS Registry Number

1491-59-4

Drug Class

  • Adrenergic alpha-Agonists
  • Sympathomimetics
  • Nasal Decongestants

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

488

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

Last Revision Date

2013-09-07

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