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Polymyxin B use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Polymyxin B: Maxitrol, Neosporin, Cortisporin Otic, Polytrim, Triple Antibiotic, Cortisporin Ophthalmic Suspension, Polysporin First Aid Antibiotic Ointment, Antibiotic Plus Pain Relief, Cortisporin Cream, Methadex, Show all 90 »Polysporin Ophthalmic, Terramycin with Polymyxin B Sulfate, Poly-Dex, Septa, Cortisporin Ophthalmic Ointment, Neosporin Ophthalmic, Statrol, Pediotic, Dexasporin, Polycin-B, Antibiotic Ear, Cortomycin, Polycin, Betadine Antibiotic, Dexacine, Neosporin + Pain Relief Cream, Triple Antibiotic Ophthalmic Ointment, ProCoMycin, Cortisporin Ointment, Neo-Polycin HC, Antibiotic with Pramoxine, Dexacidin, Ocutricin, Polytracin, Neoptic, AK-Spore, Neocidin Ophthalmic Solution, Neo/PolyB/HC, Cortomycin Suspension, Ocu-Spore-G, Cortatrigen Modified, Oti-Sone, Cort-Biotic, Otobiotic, Neosporin G U Irrigant, Terak, Poly Pred, Cortatrigen, UAD Otic, Masporin Otic, Drotic, Otocort Sterile Solution, Neocin-PG, Otocort Sterile Suspension, Otimar, AK-Spore HC Otic Suspension, Ophthocort, Neocin, AK-Spore Ointment, Neocidin, Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment, Ocu-Spore-B, Mycitracin Triple Antibiotic, Medi-Quik, Neo-Polycin, Sx1 Medicated Post-Operative System, Neo-Poly-Bac, Cortomycin Eye Ointment, Triple Antibiotic HC Ophthalmic Ointment, Ocu-Cort, First Aid Triple Antibiotic with Pain Reliever, Neotricin HC, Tribiotic Plus, NEO TO GO!, Betadine Plus Antibiotic and Pain Reliever, Duospore, AK-Poly-Bac, Campho-Phenique Maximum Strength, Neo-Poly-Dex, AK-Trol, NPD Ophthalmic Ointment, Polytracin Ophthalmic, Triple Antibiotic Plus, Neosporin + Pain Relief Ointment, Neosporin + Pain Relief Neo To Go! First Aid Antibiotic, Neosporin + Pain, Itch, Scar, Mycitracin Plus Pain Reliever, Spectrocin Plus, Lanabiotic, Ocu-Trol

Polymyxin B Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Because it is poorly absorbed after topical application, polymyxin B is considered a low risk to the nursing infant.[1] Only water-miscible cream or gel products should be applied to the breast because ointments may expose the infant to high levels of mineral paraffins via licking.[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

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

Clindamycin, Mupirocin

References

1. Leachman SA, Reed BR. The use of dermatologic drugs in pregnancy and lactation. Dermatol Clin. 2006;24:167-97. PMID: 16677965

2. Noti A, Grob K, Biedermann M et al. Exposure of babies to C(15)-C(45) mineral paraffins from human milk and breast salves. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2003;38:317-25. PMID: 14623482

Polymyxin B Identification

Substance Name

Polymyxin B

CAS Registry Number

1404-26-8

Drug Class

Antiinfective Agents, Local

Antibacterial Agents

Administrative Information

LactMed Record Number

550

Last Revision Date

20130907

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