Can You Breastfeed While Taking Ciprofloxacin?

If you are nursing and your healthcare provider prescribes ciprofloxacin, you may be wondering if you can breastfeed while taking it. While it is known that the oral and intravenous (IV) forms of this medication do pass through breast milk, it is not known whether the same is true for the opthalmic (eye) and ear products.
Ciprofloxacin has been shown to cause serious joint and muscle problems in infants and children, so there are concerns that a breastfed infant may have an increased risk for these problems if the mother takes ciprofloxacin. In general, the oral and IV products should be avoided in breastfeeding women if possible.
Ciprofloxacin ear drops and ophthalmic products are not expected to reach the bloodstream in significant (if any) amounts after normal use. Therefore, it is unlikely that these products would reach the breast milk.
However, to help minimize any risks, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using ciprofloxacin while breastfeeding.
(Click Ciprofloxacin and Breastfeeding for more information on this topic. This article also explains which forms of this medication may be safer to use while breastfeeding and covers what to discuss with your healthcare provider.)
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