Nursing and Levaquin

Levaquin® (levofloxacin) is a prescription antibiotic used to treat several bacterial infections. The manufacturer does not recommend women take Levaquin while nursing a child. Although almost no research has been conducted on whether this drug passes through breast milk, one woman taking Levaquin was tested and her breast milk contained Levaquin.
Because this medicine can cause serious joint and muscle problems in infants and children, it should probably be avoided in breastfeeding women if possible. In some situations, however, the benefits of using the medication may outweigh the possible risks. Before using Levaquin, nursing mothers should contact their healthcare provider.
(Click Levaquin and Breastfeeding for a complete overview of the risks of using Levaquin while nursing. This article also discusses what your healthcare provider may recommend in such a situation.)
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