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Beclomethasone use while Breastfeeding

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 10, 2023.

Drugs containing Beclomethasone: Qvar RediHaler, QNASL, Beclovent, Beconase AQ, Vancenase AQ, Vanceril, Vancenase AQ DS, Vanceril DS

Beclomethasone Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Although not measured, the amounts of inhaled corticosteroids absorbed into the maternal bloodstream and excreted into breastmilk are probably too small to affect a breastfed infant. Expert opinion considers inhaled and oral corticosteroids acceptable to use during breastfeeding.[1,2]

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

None reported with any corticosteroid. Three infants were breastfed for 6 months during maternal treatment with beclomethasone dipropionate by inhaler.[3]

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

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

Alternate Drugs to Consider



National Heart, Lung, and Blood, Institute, et al. NAEPP expert panel report. Managing asthma during pregnancy: recommendations for pharmacologic treatment-2004 update. 2004:1-57. http://www​.nhlbi.nih​.gov/health/prof/lung/asthma/astpreg.htm. [PubMed: 15637545]
Middleton PG, Gade EJ, Aguilera C, et al. ERS/TSANZ Task Force Statement on the management of reproduction and pregnancy in women with airways diseases. Eur Respir J. 2020;55:1901208. [PubMed: 31699837]
Brown HM, Storey G. Treatment of allergy of the respiratory tract with beclomethasone dipropionate steroid aerosol. Postgrad Med J. 1975;51 Suppl 4:59–64. [PubMed: 1105520]

Substance Identification

Substance Name


CAS Registry Number


Drug Class

Breast Feeding


Anti-Allergic Agents

Anti-Asthmatic Agents

Corticosteroids, Inhaled


Anti-Inflammatory Agents

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