Question

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

Cefoxitin lactation summary

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

Second-generation cephalosporin for injection or parenteral administration. Like most cephalosporins for which data are available, excretion occurs in breast milk in very small amount and it is clinically insignificant (references from Geddes 1977 to Zhang 1997). Cephalosporins are widely used in the Pediatric practice with a good tolerance, even in the neonatal period, so it is very unlikely that in small amounts through milk would be a cause of problems in the infant. Be aware of the possibility of false negative results of cultures in febrile infants whose mothers are taking antibiotics as well as the possibility of gastroenteritis (Ito 1993) by altering the intestinal flora. American Academy of Pediatrics: Maternal Medication Usually Compatible With Breastfeeding

Answer by DrLact: About Cefoxitin usage in lactation

Substantial information indicates that cefoxitin produces low levels in milk that are not expected to cause adverse effects in breastfed infants. Occasionally disruption of the infant's gastrointestinal flora, resulting in diarrhea or thrush have been reported with cephalosporins, but these effects have not been adequately evaluated. Cefoxitin is acceptable in nursing mothers.

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