Cipro and Breastfeeding

Because Cipro has been shown to pass through breast milk and might cause potential side effects in a breastfed infant, the manufacturer of the drug recommends that women not take Cipro while breastfeeding. It is thought that this medication could cause potentially serious joint and muscle problems in a breastfed infant. However, your healthcare provider may prescribe this medication if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Can I Use Cipro While Breastfeeding?

Cipro® (ciprofloxacin) is a prescription medication used to treat a variety of different infections. It is available in several forms, including tablets, an oral liquid suspension, and an intravenous (IV) solution.
This medication does pass through breast milk. The manufacturer of the drug recommends that women not use Cipro while breastfeeding, because of potential side effects in the nursing infant. If you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about using Cipro.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Cipro

Cipro is known to pass through breast milk in small amounts. However, no studies have been done to see how much of the medication is absorbed by the nursing child.
Theoretically, the calcium in breast milk might bind to Cipro in the infant's digestive tract, preventing the medication from being absorbed into the bloodstream (this is why Cipro should not be taken with calcium). However, it is not known if this is really the case.
Because this medication can cause serious joint and muscle problems in infants and children, concerns exist about possible Cipro exposure through breast milk. Therefore, this drug should probably be avoided in breastfeeding women if possible. In some situations, however, the benefits of using the medication while breastfeeding may outweigh the possible risks.
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