Breast Feeding Information: Avoid These Drugs While Nursing

Breast feeding information: Are you a nursing mom? Find out what drugs to avoid. Amethropterin, Bromocriptine, Clemastine, Ergotamine, Iodine, Methimazole, Tetracycline and how they can harm your developing infant.

There are many drugs you should not take if you are a nursing mother because they could cause harm to your baby, or have a negative effect on the breastfeeding experience. There are many drugs which are harmful to infants if ingested through breastmilk, however, the following drugs should definitely not be taken while breastfeeding.

1. Amethropterin. This drug has been known to suppress infant immune systems when taken by nursing mothers. It also may have an effect on growth development.

2. Bromocriptine. Also known as Parlodel, this drug inhibits prolactin secretion which will decrease and reduce the milk supply.

3. Clemastine. Also known as Tavist, this drug causes drowsiness and irritability in breastfed infants. It also alters the taste of breastmilk, which may cause a refusal of the baby to feed. Additionally, Clemastine can cause irritability, high-pitched crying and neck pain.

4. Ergotamine. Also known as Ergomar, Ergostate, Gynergen and Wigrettes. The doses of this medication which are used for migraine headache can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea and convulsions in the baby who receives it through breastmilk. It also often decreases the milk supply in nursing mothers.

5. Iodine. Often found as an ingredient in cough syrups, iodine can alter infant thyroid function.

6. Methimazole. Also known as Tapazole, this drug can also interfere with proper thyroid function.

7. Tetracycline. Also known as Cefracycline, Sumycin, Novatetra, and Achromycin, this medication can interfere with calcification in the developing teeth of the infant, as well as cause discoloration. It has also been implicated in affecting bone development.

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