The Breastfeeding Factor: Using Drugs While Breastfeeding
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Other medications and types of medications that don't mix with nursing include the following:
- Amphetamines, stimulants that are prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy, and other conditions.
- Antithyroid drugs, used to control Graves' disease (hyperthyroidism).
- Aspirin and other salicylates. These may cause Reye's syndrome, a severe illness, if an infant with any kind of viral infection is exposed to it. Ask your pharmacist if you aren't sure whether any over-the-counter or prescription drug contains salicylates.
- Atropine, which is used to dilate the pupils during eye examinations, and to treat certain eye disorders. It is also an ingredient in a medication sometimes prescribed to relieve the discomfort of urinary tract infection.
- Bromides (for example, Bromo-Seltzer).
- Cancer chemotherapy drugs.
- Cathartic drugs, which are drugs that cause diarrhea, and are sometimes used to evacuate the colon for diagnostic testing.
- Diet drugs.
- Ergot and related compounds, which can be used to treat a variety of disorders, including migraine and cluster headaches and menopausal discomforts such as hot flashes and excessive sweating.
- Mercury-based drugs.
- Metronidazole (Flagyl, Metric, Protostat), an antifungal.
- Oral anticoagulants (blood-thinners).
- Tetracycline, an antibiotic also sold under the brand name Achromycin.
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From A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health by Dean Raffelock, Robert Rountree, and Virginia Hopkins with Melissa Block. Copyright © 2002 by Dr. Dean Raffelock. Used by arrangement with Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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