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Oxymetazoline use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Oxymetazoline: Afrin, Nostrilla, Rhofade, Zicam Sinus Relief, Mucinex Sinus-Max Full Force, Afrin Original, Vicks Sinex 12-Hour Decongestant Nasal Spray, Afrin Sinus, Afrin NoDrip Sinus, 12 Hour Nasal, Show all 42 »Vicks Sinex 12-Hour Decongestant UltraFine Mist, Dristan 12 Hour Nasal Spray, Afrin Severe Congestion, Allerest 12 Hour Nasal Spray, NTZ Long Acting Nasal, Vicks Sinex Severe Nasal Spray, Afrin NoDrip Allergy Sinus, Afrin Allergy Sinus Nasal Spray, OcuClear, Duramist Plus, Duration, Genasal, Sinarest Nasal, Visine L.R. Long Lasting Redness Relief, Afrin NoDrip Extra Moisturizing, 12 Hour Nasal Decongestant Spray, Sudafed OM Sinus Cold, Afrin NoDrip Severe Congestion, Afrin NoDrip Original, Todays Health Nasal Relief Extra Moisturizing, Nostrilla 12 Hour, Vicks QlearQuil 12 Hour Nasal Decongestant Moisturizing Spray, Sudafed OM Sinus Congestion, Mucinex Sinus-Max Moisture Smart, Vicks Sinex Moisturizing 12-Hour Decongestant UltraFine Mist, Neo-Synephrine 12 Hour, Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief, Four-Way Nasal Spray, NRS Nasal, Oxyfrin, Oxymeta-12, Kovanaze

Medically reviewed on April 11, 2017.

Oxymetazoline Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Although no information exists on the use of oxymetazoline specifically during breastfeeding, very little should reach the infant through breastmilk because of the local administration and limited absorption into the maternal bloodstream. It is recommended over oral systemic decongestants such as pseudoephedrine during breastfeeding.[1] Topical use on the face is unlikely to present a risk to the nursing infant.

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

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.

References

1. Anderson PO. Decongestants and milk production. J Hum Lact. 2000;16:294. Letter. PMID: 11155604

Oxymetazoline Identification

Substance Name

Oxymetazoline

CAS Registry Number

1491-59-4

Drug Class

Adrenergic alpha-Agonists

Sympathomimetics

Nasal Decongestants

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

488

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