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No research has been done to determine if Factive (gemifloxacin) would pass through human breast milk. Due to the potential risks of joint and muscle problems this drug may cause in infants and children, it is generally recommended that Factive be avoided while breastfeeding. However, if you have to take this medicine, you may have to "pump and dump."

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Factive?

Factive® (gemifloxacin mesylate) is a prescription medication used to treat certain bacterial infections, including pneumonia and bronchitis. At this time, it is unknown if this medication passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, talk to your healthcare provider before taking Factive.

More Information on Factive and Breastfeeding

Factive is known to pass through breast milk in rats. However, no studies have been done to determine if the same is true for humans.
Because Factive can cause serious joint and muscle problems in infants and children, concerns exist about possible Factive exposure through breast milk. Therefore, Factive should probably be avoided in nursing women if possible.
In some situations, however, the benefits of taking the medication while breastfeeding may outweigh the possible risks. It is possible that your healthcare provider may advise you to "pump and dump" your breast milk while taking Factive.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Factive use with your healthcare provider. 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 that is right for you.
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