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Has anyone taken HCTZ while breastfeeding and if so were there any reactions to the baby?

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Marvell 28 Nov 2011

It's unfortunate that no one who has used hydrochlorothiazide during breastfeeding has responded.

I can only give you the information provided in the literature. Hope you find it useful.

Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is secreted into human milk in low concentrations. Adverse effects in the nursing infant are unlikely. HCTZ is considered compatible with breast-feeding by the American Academy of Pediatrics; however, the manufacturer recommends that due to the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

In one case, a peak milk HCTZ concentration of 125 ng/mL was measured between 4 and 12 hours after a (usual daily) dose of HCTZ 50 mg in one subject. A simultaneously measured maternal serum HCTZ level was approximately 275 ng/mL. There were no detectable drug levels or electrolyte abnormalities in the baby's blood. The authors calculated that, if a 1-month-old infant takes approximately 600 mL of milk per day, and the average milk HCTZ level is approximately 80 ng/mL, the infant would be exposed to approximately 0.05 mg HCTZ a day. This usually represents an insignificant amount of HCTZ to the infant as adverse effects in the nursing infant are unlikely.

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