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

Ivermectin lactation summary

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

Used as treatment of onchocercosis and filariasis. American Academy of Pediatrics: Maternal Medication Usually Compatible With Breastfeeding.

Answer by DrLact: About Ivermectin usage in lactation

Limited data indicate that ivermectin is poorly excreted into breastmilk after oral administration. Amounts ingested by the infant are small and would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants. No data are available on excretion after topical administration, but amounts in breastmilk should be less than after oral administration. Avoid application to the breast area where the infant might directly ingest the drug.

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