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Dorzolamide use while Breastfeeding

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2022.

Drugs containing Dorzolamide: Cosopt, Trusopt, Cosopt PF

Dorzolamide Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Limited experience with the use of ophthalmic dorzolamide indicate that it is unlikely to adversely affect the breastfed infant.[1] French guidelines recommend ophthalmic carbonic anhydrase inhibitor drops as a preferred therapy for glaucoma during breastfeeding.[2] To substantially diminish the amount of drug that reaches the breastmilk after using eye drops, place pressure over the tear duct by the corner of the eye for 1 minute or more, then remove the excess solution with an absorbent tissue.

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

A newborn infant was breastfed during maternal therapy with various combinations of ocular timolol, dipivifrin, dorzolamide, brimonidine and several doses of acetazolamide. Ultimately, the mother was treated with timolol gel-forming solution 0.5% and dorzolamide 2% drops. The drugs were given immediately following breastfeeding with punctal occlusion and no apnea or bradycardia was observed in the infant.[3]

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

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


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Substance Identification

Substance Name


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Drug Class

Breast Feeding


Antiglaucoma Agents

Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors

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