Question

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

Nitazoxanide lactation summary

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

Anti-protozoan drug which is used for treatment of Cryptosporidiosis, Giardia lamblia infection, Intestinal Amoeba Disease, Blastocystis, Leishmaniasis of skin and Microsporidiosis. Excreted into breast milk in non-significant clinical amount. The use is authorized for children older than 1 year. Likely side-effects are mild and infrequent (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)

Answer by DrLact: About Nitazoxanide usage in lactation

Limited information indicates that a maternal dose of 500 mg of nitazoxanide produces low levels of an active metabolite, tizoxanide, in breastmilk and would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants, especially if the infant is older than 2 months. But until more data become available, an alternate drug may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant.

Alternate Drugs

Methicillin(Low Risk)
Cefdinir(Safe)
Didanosine(Unsafe)
Meropenem(Safe)
Cefazolin(Safe)
Saquinavir(Unsafe)
Acyclovir(Safe)
Primaquine(Low Risk)
Lomefloxacin(Low Risk)
Cefaclor(Safe)
Ritonavir(Unsafe)
Naftifine(Safe)
Quinine(Safe)
Atovaquone(Low Risk)
Abacavir(Safe)
Levofloxacin(Low Risk)
Nevirapine(Low Risk)
Linezolid(Low Risk)
Kanamycin(Safe)
Amantadine(Low Risk)
Nelfinavir(Unsafe)
Rifaximin(Safe)
Aztreonam(Safe)
Cefprozil(Safe)
Cefoxitin(Safe)
Dapsone(Low Risk)
Gatifloxacin(Low Risk)
Indinavir(Unsafe)
Ofloxacin(Safe)
Cefotetan(Safe)
Capreomycin(Low Risk)
Enoxacin(Low Risk)
Lindane(Unsafe)
Ertapenem(Safe)
Econazole(Safe)
Doxycycline(Low Risk)
Amikacin(Safe)
Neomycin(Safe)
Zidovudine(Low Risk)
Valganciclovir(Low Risk)
Famciclovir(Low Risk)
Nafcillin(Safe)
Cefixime(Safe)
Ganciclovir(Low Risk)
Demeclocycline(Low Risk)
Erythromycin(Low Risk)
Moxifloxacin(Low Risk)
Malathion(Low Risk)
Cefepime(Safe)
Tenofovir(Safe)
Clindamycin(Low Risk)
Efavirenz(Unsafe)
Primaquine(Low Risk)
Quinine(Safe)
Atovaquone(Low Risk)
Lindane(Unsafe)
Pyrantel(Safe)
Malathion(Low Risk)
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