Avelox and Breastfeeding

Animal studies on Avelox (moxifloxacin) and breastfeeding show that the drug passes through breast milk in rats, but it is not known whether the same is true for humans. Since the medication can cause serious joint and muscle problems in infants and children, it should be avoided during breastfeeding if possible. Before taking Avelox, breastfeeding women should ask their healthcare providers about potential risks.

Is Avelox Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

It is not known if Avelox® (moxifloxacin) passes through breast milk or whether it is safe for breastfeeding women. The manufacturer of the drug does not recommend that breastfeeding women take this medication. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Avelox.
 

What Does the Research Say About Avelox and Breastfeeding?

Studies have shown that Avelox passes through breast milk in rats, but it is not known if the same is true for humans.
 
Theoretically, the calcium in breast milk might bind to Avelox in the digestive tract of the infant, preventing the medication from being absorbed into the bloodstream (this is why the medication should not be taken with calcium). This would limit the infant's exposure to the medication. However, it is not known if this is really the case. Because Avelox can cause serious joint and muscle problems in infants and children, it should probably be avoided in breastfeeding women if possible. In some situations, though, the benefits of using the medication may outweigh the possible risks.
 

Discussing Avelox and Breastfeeding With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Avelox and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision about Avelox and breastfeeding that is right for you.
 
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