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Sevoflurane use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Sevoflurane: Ultane, Sojourn, Ultane PEN

Sevoflurane Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

There is little published experience with sevoflurane during breastfeeding. Because the serum half-life of sevoflurane in the mother short and the drug is not expected to be absorbed by the infant, no waiting period or discarding of milk is required. Breastfeeding can be resumed as soon as the mother has recovered sufficiently from general anesthesia to nurse.[1] When a combination of anesthetic agents is used for a procedure, follow the recommendations for the most problematic medication used during the procedure. General anesthesia for cesarean section using sevoflurane as a component may delay the onset of lactation.

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.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

A randomized study compared the effects of cesarean section using general anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, or epidural anesthesia, to normal vaginal delivery on serum prolactin and oxytocin as well as time to initiation of lactation. General anesthesia was performed using propofol 2 mg/kg and rocuronium 0.6 mg/kg for induction, followed by sevoflurane and rocuronium 0.15 mg/kg as needed. After delivery, patients in all groups received an infusion of oxytocin 30 international units in 1 L of saline, and 0.2 mg of methylergonovine if they were not hypertensive. Fentanyl 1 to 1.5 mcg/kg was administered after delivery to the general anesthesia group. Patients in the general anesthesia group (n = 21) had higher post-procedure prolactin levels and a longer mean time to lactation initiation (25 hours) than in the other groups (10.8 to 11.8 hours). Postpartum oxytocin levels in the nonmedicated vaginal delivery group were higher than in the general and spinal anesthesia groups.[2]

References

1. Dalal PG, Bosak J, Berlin C. Safety of the breast-feeding infant after maternal anesthesia. Paediatr Anaesth. 2014;24:359-71. PMID: 24372776

2. Kutlucan L, Seker IS, Demiraran Y et al. Effects of different anesthesia protocols on lactation in the postpartum period. J Turkish German Gynecol Assoc Artemis. 2014;15:233-8. PMID: 25584032

Sevoflurane Identification

Substance Name

Sevoflurane

CAS Registry Number

28523-86-6

Drug Class

Anesthetics, Inhalation

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

615

Last Revision Date

20150130

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