Noroxin and Breastfeeding

Early research has shown that Noroxin (norfloxacin) is likely to pass through breast milk in women. Although it is thought that this drug may bind to the calcium in breast milk, it is not known if even small amounts of this medicine may cause harm in a nursing infant. Before taking Noroxin, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare provider about the potential risks.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Noroxin?

Noroxin® (norfloxacin) is a prescription medication used to treat urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, and prostatitis. This medication might pass through breast milk, although probably in very low amounts. However, if you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Noroxin.

More Information on Noroxin and Breastfeeding

Noroxin is known to pass through breast milk in animals. Preliminary studies in women suggest that this drug probably passes through breast milk in humans too, but only in small amounts.
Theoretically, the calcium in breast milk could bind to Noroxin in the infant's digestive tract, preventing or reducing the amount of the medication that would normally be absorbed into the bloodstream (this is why Noroxin should not be taken with calcium). However, it is not known if this is really the case.
Because Noroxin can cause serious joint and muscle problems in infants and children, concerns exist about possible exposure through breast milk. Therefore, this drug should probably be avoided in nursing women if possible. In some situations, however, the benefits of taking Noroxin while breastfeeding may outweigh the possible risks.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Noroxin 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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