my dr has prescribed linezolid 600mg for a lump in my breast. can i breastfeed while taking the medicine
Information on breastfeeding and linezolid use in humans is limited. In one study, linezolid was shown to pass through the breast milk of a woman after she was given one dose of the medication. The highest levels were seen in the breast milk two hours after the dose was given.
linezolid has not been studied in breastfeeding infants. However, it has been estimated that the amount a nursing infant would receive through breast milk is less than the normal infant dose.
This drug is often used to treat serious infections. In such cases, the benefits of the medication may outweigh the possible risks, especially if another antibiotic is not an option. If the doc recommends breastfeeding while taking linezolid, make sure to watch for any problems in your infant, such as: Diarrhea; Vomiting; Diaper rash; Thrush (a yeast infection in the mouth).
You should discuss breastfeeding and linezolid use with your doc. Each woman's situation is different, and you and the doc understands your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
Take care, best wishes!
- Linezolid Information for Consumers
- Linezolid Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Linezolid (detailed)
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