Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Pregnancy Breastfeeding Drugs

Not all drugs are safe to use while breastfeeding. This is because some drugs will be concentrated in the breast milk and then passed to the infant. The chemical properties of the drug determine which medications will pass into the breast milk. Drugs that suppress lactation should be avoided. These include: bromocriptine, levodopa, trazodone, estradiol, and large-dose oral contraceptives.

It is important to review your medications with your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Make sure your doctor is aware that you are breastfeeding before you start new medications.

Dangerous medications include:

Unsafe medications may also include:

Drugs generally considered safe during breastfeeding include:

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Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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