Furadantin and Breastfeeding

It is generally considered safe to breastfeed when taking Furadantin (nitrofurantoin suspension). In fact, this medication is commonly prescribed to treat urinary tract infections in women who are breastfeeding. However, you should not take this drug if you are nursing a baby who is under one month old, as Furadantin exposure could cause red blood cell damage in the child.

Is Furadantin Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

Furadantin® (nitrofurantoin suspension) and other nitrofurantoin medications are considered safe for use while breastfeeding in most circumstances. Nonetheless, if you are nursing a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Furadantin.

What Does the Research Say?

Studies have shown that Furadantin passes through breast milk in trace amounts. However, this does not seem to be a problem for most women or their infants.
There are a few potential problems to be aware of. Like all antibiotics, Furadantin can disrupt the normal "good" bacteria, which can lead to diarrhea, thrush, or other problems. This could occur in an infant exposed to Furadantin through breast milk.
Furadantin (and other forms of nitrofurantoin) are some of the most commonly used antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections in breastfeeding women. However, this drug should be avoided if you are breastfeeding a newborn (one month or younger) or if your child has glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, as Furadantin exposure could increase the risk of hemolytic anemia (destruction of red blood cells).
Breastfeeding women can be assured that nitrofurantoin is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics for treating urinary tract infections in their situation.
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