Famotidine Injection Breastfeeding
For most of the drugs advantages of taking medications overweighs the potential risks however some drugs could be really dangerous for breastfed baby hence every medication shall be considered separately. In this page we will discuss about purpose of Famotidine Injection and its risk associated with lactation. We will also discuss the usage of Famotidine Injection and some common side effects associated with Famotidine Injection.

What is Famotidine Injection used for?

Famotidine injection, supplied as a concentrated solution for intravenous injection, is intended for intravenous use only. Famotidine injection is indicated in some hospitalized patients with pathological hypersecretory conditions or intractable ulcers, or as an alternative to the oral dosage forms for short term use in patients who are unable to take oral medication for the following conditions: Short term treatment of active duodenal ulcer. Most adult patients heal within 4 weeks; there is rarely reason to use famotidine at full dosage for longer than 6 to 8 weeks. Studies have not assessed the safety of famotidine in uncomplicated active duodenal ulcer for periods of more than eight weeks. Maintenance therapy for duodenal ulcer patients at reduced dosage after healing of an active ulcer. Controlled studies in adults have not extended beyond one year. Short term treatment of active benign gastric ulcer. Most adult patients heal within 6 weeks. Studies have not assessed the safety or efficacy of famotidine in uncomplicated active benign gastric ulcer for periods of more than 8 weeks. Short term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Famotidine is indicated for short term treatment of patients with symptoms of GERD (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY IN ADULTS, Clinical Studies ). Famotidine is also indicated for the short term treatment of esophagitis due to GERD including erosive or ulcerative disease diagnosed by endoscopy (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY IN ADULTS, Clinical Studies )). Treatment of pathological hypersecretory conditions (e.g., Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, multiple endocrine adenomas): (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY IN ADULTS , Clinical Studies ).

Is Famotidine Injection usage safe while breastfeeding? If a lactating mother is using it can there be any effect on growth or development of infant?

Famotidine Injection safe for breastfeeding
Famotidine is the only one ingredient used in manufacturing of Famotidine Injection, Which makes it easier to analyze its effect in breastfeeding. As per our analysis of Famotidine it is safe to use Famotidine Injection while lactating. We suggest you to check further details below about Famotidine usage in breastfeeding.

Statement of Manufacturer/Labeler about breastfeeding usage
Nursing Mothers Studies performed in lactating rats have shown that famotidine is secreted into breast milk. Transient growth depression was observed in young rats suckling from mothers treated with maternotoxic doses of at least 600 times the usual human dose. Famotidine is detectable in human milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from famotidine, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Famotidine Injection Breastfeeding Analsys

Famotidine while Breastfeeding


CAS Number: 76824-35-6

H2-type histamine receptor antagonist with similar action than cimetidine. It is excreted in breast milk in clinically non-significant amount, much less than the dose administered to newborns and infants with gastroesophageal reflux disorders. Although it does not normally affect prolactin secretion, there have been several cases of galactorrhea. Still unknown whether it is due to Famotidine itself or to gastroesophageal reflux. Famotidine, Nizatidine and Roxatidine are excreted into milk but in less proportion than Cimetidine or Ranitidine, which have been proposed as alternative to during lactation.

Famotidine Injection Breastfeeding Analsys - 2

Famotidine while Breastfeeding

CAS Number: 76824-35-6

Famotidine is used in newborn infants in higher dosages than are transmitted in breastmilk.[1] Famotidine would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants. No special precautions are required.

Famotidine Injection and breastfeeding

What should I do if I am breastfeeding mother and I am already exposed to Famotidine Injection?

As usage of Famotidine Injection is mostly safe while breastfeeding hence there should not be any concern. In case of any change in behavior or health of your baby you should inform your health care provider about usage of Famotidine Injection else no further action is required.

I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Famotidine Injection, is it safe?

Definitely, Famotidine Injection is safe in lactation for baby. No wonder your doctor has recommended it.

If I am using Famotidine Injection, will my baby need extra monitoring?

No extra baby monitoring required while mother is using Famotidine Injection

Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Famotidine Injection in breastfeeding?

National Womens Health and Breastfeeding Helpline: 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300-100-0212 9.30am to 9.30pm, daily
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300-330-5453
La Leche League: 0345-120-2918
The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti: 0300-456-2421
National Childbirth Trust (NCT): 0300-330-0700

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 1800-686-268 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Telehealth Ontario for breastfeeding: 1-866-797-0000 24 hours a day, 7 days a week