Floxin and Breastfeeding

Some experts consider Floxin safe for use during breastfeeding on a short-term basis; however, it is best to discuss your particular situation with your healthcare provider. This drug is known to pass through breast milk, although the effects it may have on the nursing infant are currently unknown. To be safe, breastfeeding should be avoided for four to six hours after taking Floxin.

Can I Use Floxin While Breastfeeding?

Floxin® (ofloxacin) is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections. It belongs to a group of drugs called fluoroquinolones, or sometimes just "quinolones" for short.
This medication passes through breast milk. The manufacturer recommends that it not be used during breastfeeding because of potential side effects in the nursing child; however, some experts consider it safe for short-term use. If you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider about using Floxin.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Floxin

Floxin is known to pass through breast milk in amounts similar to those found in the bloodstream. However, no studies have been done to see how much of the medication is absorbed by the nursing child or what the effects are.
Theoretically, the calcium in breast milk might bind to Floxin in the infant's digestive tract, preventing the medication from being absorbed into the baby's bloodstream. However, it is not known if this is really the case.
There are concerns that fluoroquinolones like Floxin may cause bone and joint problems in infants and children. Because of these concerns, fluoroquinolones are often not recommended for use during breastfeeding.
However, some experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, consider Floxin compatible with breastfeeding when used for a short period. To be safe, breastfeeding should probably be avoided for four to six hours after each Floxin dosage, when levels are thought to be highest in the breast milk.
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