Question

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

Oxytetracycline lactation summary

Oxytetracycline is safe in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Oxytetracycline is 1 out of 8 which is considered Safe as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 1 indicates that usage of Oxytetracycline is mostly safe during lactation for breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research also indicates that Oxytetracycline does not cause any serious side effects in breastfeeding mothers.
  • Most of scientific studies and research papers declaring usage of Oxytetracycline safe in breastfeeding are based on normal dosage and may not hold true for higher 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 Oxytetracycline usage in lactation

Although it is secreted into breast milk it has not been detected in infant’s blood because it forms non-absorbable chelate compounds with milk calcium. It is not convenient its long-term use (more than 3-4 weeks) since damage on bone growth plates, teeth discoloration, or alteration of intestinal flora may occur. Be aware of the possibility of false negative results of bacterial cultures when the mother is on antibiotics.

Answer by DrLact: About Oxytetracycline usage in lactation

A number of reviews have stated that tetracyclines are contraindicated during breastfeeding because of possible staining of infants' dental enamel or bone deposition of tetracyclines. However, a close examination of available literature indicates that there is not likely to be harm in short-term use of oxytetracycline during lactation because milk levels are low and absorption by the infant is inhibited by the calcium in breastmilk. Short-term use of oxytetracycline is acceptable in nursing mothers. As a theoretical precaution, avoid prolonged or repeat courses during nursing. Monitor the infant for rash and for possible effects on the gastrointestinal flora, such as diarrhea or candidiasis (thrush, diaper rash).

Oxytetracycline Side Effects in Breastfeeding

No adverse effects were noted in an unspecified number of breastfed infants whose mothers were taking oral oxytetracycline 1.5 or 2 g daily for 3 days. Ages of the infants and extent of breastfeeding were not stated.[2]

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