Drug use in nursing mothers
Some drugs inhibit the infant's suckling reflex, eg phenobarbital. Certain drugs in breast milk may cause increased sensitization in the infant.
Problems related to drug use for nursing mothers
Some drugs can be toxic to children, for example, ergotamine, iodine...
Some drugs reduce lactation, for example, estrogen...
Some drugs inhibit the infant's suckling reflex, eg phenobarbital.
Certain drugs in breast milk may cause increased sensitization in the infant.
Principles of drug use for nursing mothers
Drugs with significant concentrations in breast milk and toxic to the infant should be avoided.
Take only the essential medications needed by the mother.
It should be used in the smallest effective dose.
Encourage breastfeeding whenever possible.
Medicines to avoid or use with caution
A list of drugs to be avoided or used with caution in patients who are nursing mothers is presented. This formulary includes the most important or commonly used drugs such as:
Ergotamine class drugs.