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Floxacillin use while Breastfeeding

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 13, 2023.

Floxacillin Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Floxacillin (flucloxacillin) is not approved for marketing in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is acceptable to use during breastfeeding and is frequently used abroad to treat mastitis in nursing mothers.[1-3] Limited information indicates that floxacillin levels in milk are low and are not expected to cause adverse effects in breastfed infants. Occasionally disruption of the infant's gastrointestinal flora, resulting in diarrhea or thrush have been reported with penicillins, but these effects have not been adequately evaluated. Floxacillin is acceptable in nursing mothers.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. One report states that the manufacturer supplied information on floxacillin excretion into breastmilk. After a 250 mg oral dose, a milk level of 0.1 mg/L was measured. Further details are lacking.[4] This value is consistent with that of other penicillins.

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

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

Alternate Drugs to Consider

(Mastitis) Cephalexin, Dicloxacillin; (Methicillin-resistant Staph. aureus) Doxycycline, Linezolid, Minocycline, Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole, Vancomycin


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Amir LH. ABM clinical protocol #4: Mastitis, revised March 2014. Breastfeed Med. 2014;9:239–43. [PMC free article: PMC4048576] [PubMed: 24911394]
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Substance Identification

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Drug Class

Breast Feeding


Anti-Infective Agents

Antibacterial Agents


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