Vantin (cefpodoxime) does pass through breast milk in low amounts. It is generally considered safe for women to take Vantin while breastfeeding. However, because there are some potential risks that may pose problems in your infant, talk to your healthcare provider about what is most appropriate for your situation. This medication may cause thrush, digestive upset, or other problems in your nursing infant.
Can Breastfeeding Women Take Vantin?
Vantin® (cefpodoxime proxetil) passes through breast milk in humans. As with all cephalosporin antibiotics, while Vantin is usually considered compatible with breastfeeding, there are some precautions to keep in mind. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before using this drug.
More Information on Vantin and Breastfeeding
Research has demonstrated that Vantin passes through breast milk in low amounts. This amount appears to be safe for infants. However, it is possible that an infant who is exposed to the drug through breast milk might be at risk for thrush or for digestive upset, such as nausea or diarrhea. Mothers who take Vantin while nursing should be watchful for these problems.
In many situations, the potential risks are so small that it is not worth the hassle or the risk of potentially compromising the mother's breast milk supply to temporarily stop breastfeeding while taking Vantin.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and Vantin 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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