If you have a bacteria infection and are breastfeeding, you may be wondering if you can take ciprofloxacin. Depending on the type and severity of your infection, there are a wide variety of ciprofloxacin products available. Some of them may be safer to use while breastfeeding than others.
It is known that the oral and intravenous (IV) forms do pass through breast milk; however, it is not known whether ciprofloxacin ophthalmic (eye) and ear products also pass through. Because ciprofloxacin may cause serious joint and muscle problems in infants and children, it is typically recommended that women avoid taking the oral and IV products while breastfeeding.
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.
(For more information on this topic, click Ciprofloxacin and Breastfeeding. This full-length article takes a closer look at which forms of this medication may be safe to use while breastfeeding and explains when a healthcare provider may still prescribe this antibiotic.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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