Almost no research has been conducted on Levaquin (levofloxacin) and breastfeeding, so it is not known whether the drug passes through breast milk. However, it is known that similar medications pass through breast milk. Since serious joint and muscle problems could occur in infants and children using Levaquin, breastfeeding women are encouraged to ask their healthcare provider about their particular situation; sometimes the benefits of Levaquin outweigh the risks.
Is Levaquin Safe for Breastfeeding Women?
Levaquin® (levofloxacin) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of Levaquin does not recommend taking this medication while breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Levaquin.
Levaquin and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
Almost no research has been conducted on whether Levaquin passes through breast milk. However, the breast milk of one woman taking Levaquin was tested and was shown to contain Levaquin. Additionally, other similar medications pass through breast milk.
Theoretically, the calcium in breast milk might bind to Levaquin in the digestive tract of the infant, preventing the medication from being absorbed into the bloodstream (this is why Levaquin should not be taken with calcium). However, it is not known if this is really the case. Because Levaquin can cause serious joint and muscle problems in infants and children, it should probably be avoided in breastfeeding women if possible. In some situations, though, the benefits of using the medication may outweigh the possible risks.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Levaquin and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Levaquin and breastfeeding. 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 about Levaquin and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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