It is unknown whether Teflaro (ceftaroline) passes through breast milk. Studies have shown that other, similar antibiotics do pass through breast milk in low amounts. Although these amounts would likely be too low to cause serious problems in a nursing infant, talk to your healthcare provider before using Teflaro while breastfeeding.
Can Breastfeeding Women Use Teflaro?
At this time, it is unknown if Teflaro® (ceftaroline fosamil) passes through breast milk in humans. While cephalosporins are usually considered compatible with breastfeeding, there are some precautions to consider. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before using Teflaro.
More Information on Teflaro and Breastfeeding
Teflaro is a relatively new drug and has not yet been studied in any breastfeeding women. However, research has demonstrated that other cephalosporin antibiotics usually pass through breast milk in low amounts, probably too low to cause problems in a nursing infant.
It is possible that an infant who is exposed to antibiotics through breast milk might be at risk for thrush or digestive upset like nausea or diarrhea. Mothers who receive Teflaro while breastfeeding should be watchful for these potential problems.
Keep in mind that Teflaro is often used to treat serious infections in the hospital, and it may not be practical or advisable for a woman who is that ill to be breastfeeding an infant.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and Teflaro 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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