Pimecrolimus use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Pimecrolimus: Elidel

Pimecrolimus Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Topical pimecrolimus has not been studied during breastfeeding; however, it is used topically in children as young as 3 months of age. Because it is poorly absorbed after topical application and plasma concentrations after topical use in adults are less than 2 mcg/L, it is a low risk to the nursing infant. Do not apply to the nipple area and avoid direct contact of the infant with the areas of skin that have been treated.[1] Only water-miscible cream or gel products should be applied to the breast because ointments may expose the infant to high levels of mineral paraffins via licking.[2]

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.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

Tacrolimus

References

1. Barrett ME, Heller MM, Fullerton Stone H, Murase JE. Dermatoses of the breast in lactation. Dermatol Ther. 2013;26:331-6. PMID: 23914890

2. Noti A, Grob K, Biedermann M et al. Exposure of babies to C(15)-C(45) mineral paraffins from human milk and breast salves. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2003;38:317-25. PMID: 14623482

Pimecrolimus Identification

Substance Name

Pimecrolimus

CAS Registry Number

137071-32-0

Drug Class

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

538

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

Last Revision Date

2013-09-07

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