Question

I am a breastfeeding mother and i want to know if it is safe to use Telithromycin? Is Telithromycin safe for nursing mother and child? Does Telithromycin extracts into breast milk? Does Telithromycin has any long term or short term side effects on infants? Can Telithromycin influence milk supply or can Telithromycin decrease milk supply in lactating mothers?

Telithromycin lactation summary

Telithromycin is unsafe in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Telithromycin is 5 out of 8 which is considered Unsafe as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 5 indicates that usage of Telithromycin may cause serious side effects in breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research indicates that Telithromycin may cause moderate to high side effects or may affect milk supply in lactating mother.
  • Our suggestion is to use safer alternate options rather than using Telithromycin .
  • It is recommended to evaluate the advantage of not breastfeeding while using Telithromycin Vs not using Telithromycin And continue breastfeeding.
  • While using Telithromycin Its must to monitor child for possible reactions. It is also important to understand that side effects vary largely based on age of breastfed child and time of medication in addition to dosage.
  • Score calculated using the DrLact safety Version 1.2 model, this score ranges from 0 to 8 and measures overall safety of drug in lactation. Scores are primarily calculated using publicly available case studies, research papers, other scientific journals and publically available data.

Answer by Dr. Ru: About Telithromycin usage in lactation

Check-up for development of gastroenteritis.Be aware of the possibility of false negative results of bacterial cultures when the mother is on antibiotics.It has been reported worsening on some patients affected with myasthenia gravis and several cases of hepatic failure have occurred.

Answer by DrLact: About Telithromycin usage in lactation

If telithromycin is required by the mother, it is not a reason to discontinue breastfeeding. Monitor the infant for possible effects on the gastrointestinal tract, such as diarrhea, vomiting, and candidiasis (e.g., thrush, diaper rash). However, because there is no published experience with telithromycin during breastfeeding, an alternate drug may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant.

Alternate Drugs

Linezolid(Low Risk)
Dapsone(Low Risk)
Econazole(Safe)
Levofloxacin(Low Risk)
Capreomycin(Low Risk)
Rifaximin(Safe)
Indinavir(Unsafe)
Kanamycin(Safe)
Ertapenem(Safe)
Acyclovir(Safe)
Cefprozil(Safe)
Quinine(Safe)
Aztreonam(Safe)
Zidovudine(Low Risk)
Cefoxitin(Safe)
Gatifloxacin(Low Risk)
Amantadine(Low Risk)
Tenofovir(Safe)
Ofloxacin(Safe)
Cefotetan(Safe)
Efavirenz(Unsafe)
Enoxacin(Low Risk)
Valganciclovir(Low Risk)
Didanosine(Unsafe)
Doxycycline(Low Risk)
Ganciclovir(Low Risk)
Naftifine(Safe)
Amikacin(Safe)
Saquinavir(Unsafe)
Neomycin(Safe)
Cefixime(Safe)
Demeclocycline(Low Risk)
Nafcillin(Safe)
Cefepime(Safe)
Primaquine(Low Risk)
Ritonavir(Unsafe)
Moxifloxacin(Low Risk)
Atovaquone(Low Risk)
Abacavir(Safe)
Malathion(Low Risk)
Famciclovir(Low Risk)
Cefdinir(Safe)
Erythromycin(Low Risk)
Nevirapine(Low Risk)
Methicillin(Low Risk)
Lindane(Unsafe)
Cefazolin(Safe)
Linezolid(Low Risk)
Clindamycin(Low Risk)
Nelfinavir(Unsafe)
Meropenem(Safe)
Cefaclor(Safe)
Lomefloxacin(Low Risk)
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