I am a breastfeeding mother and i want to know if it is safe to use Artemether and Lumefantrine? Is Artemether and Lumefantrine safe for nursing mother and child? Does Artemether and Lumefantrine extracts into breast milk? Does Artemether and Lumefantrine has any long term or short term side effects on infants? Can Artemether and Lumefantrine influence milk supply or can Artemether and Lumefantrine decrease milk supply in lactating mothers?
Artemether and lumefantrine have not been studied in nursing mothers. Estimates of its excretion into breastmilk indicate that amounts in milk are very low. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider the drug combination acceptable for use in mothers nursing an infant weighing at least 5 kg (11 pounds) and it can be given directly to infants weighing 5 kg or more. The safety of the combination in breastfed infants under 5 kg is not known.
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