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

Ergotamine lactation summary

Ergotamine is unsafe in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Ergotamine is 5 out of 8 which is considered Unsafe as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 5 indicates that usage of Ergotamine may cause serious side effects in breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research indicates that Ergotamine 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 Ergotamine .
  • It is recommended to evaluate the advantage of not breastfeeding while using Ergotamine Vs not using Ergotamine And continue breastfeeding.
  • While using Ergotamine 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 Ergotamine usage in lactation

Ergot derivative alkaloid. It may inhibit prolactin secretion. It is used together with other substances (e.g. caffeine, which is a cause of anxiety). Multiple drug association is not recommended. On latest update relevant data on breastfeeding was not found. Sumatriptan which is a drug with well known low excretion into breast milk should be an alternative treatment for Migraine.

Answer by DrLact: About Ergotamine usage in lactation

Because there is limited published experience with ergotamine during breastfeeding and it might cause adverse effects in the infant, most authorities consider ergotamine to be undesirable to use during nursing.[1][2]

Ergotamine Side Effects in Breastfeeding

A study in which ergotamine was administered to mothers of newborns immediately postpartum in a dose of 1 mg 3 times daily for 6 days found no effect on weight gain in the breastfed infants.[3] Milk intake, and therefore infant dosage, might have been minimal during the first few days before the mothers' milk came in fully.

Ergotamine Possible Effects in Breastfeeding

Thirty women who delivered fullterm infants received a single intramuscular dose of methylergonovine 0.2 mg after delivery, followed by oral ergotamine 1 mg 3 times daily for 6 days. Compared to 28 women who delivered fullterm infants and received no ergot derivatives, there was no difference in the milk production, as measured by weight differences before and after nursing, between the 2 groups during the first 6 days postpartum.[3]

Alternate Drugs

Pseudoephedrine(Low Risk)
Phenylephrine(Low Risk)
Oxymetazoline(Low Risk)
Zolmitriptan(Low Risk)
Rizatriptan(Low Risk)
Pseudoephedrine(Low Risk)
Naratriptan(Low Risk)
Frovatriptan(Low Risk)
Almotriptan(Low Risk)
Phenylephrine(Low Risk)
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