American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical experts exclusively recommend to breastfeed the baby for first 6 months. Once you introduce baby to other foods it is recommended to breastfeed for at least first year of babys life. Taking medication while breastfeeding could be tricky as most drugs pass in breast milk. In this article we will evaluate Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet for its safety in breastfeeding.
What is Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet used for?
MOTOFEN® (difenoxin hydrochloride with atropine sulfate) is indicated as adjunctive therapy in the management of acute nonspecific diarrhea and acute exacerbations of chronic functional diarrhea.
What are the risk associated with Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet usage while breastfeeding? What precautions shall I take while using it in breastfeeding?
Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet Contains 2 active ingredients that are Difenoxin, Atropine sulfate. We do have breastfeeding analysis and safety rating of some of the active ingredients but unfortunately we do not have any information of some of active ingredients used. Below we have provided whatever information we do have. But please do not take any decision based on below provided information and contact your health care provider as this information is incomplete.
Statement of Manufacturer/Labeler about breastfeeding usage
Nursing Mothers Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from MOTOFEN®, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.
Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet Breastfeeding Analsys
Atropine sulfate while Breastfeeding Safe
CAS Number: 51-55-8
Either isolated dose or topical medication are safe for breastfed babies. Anti-cholinergic drugs decrease Prolactin and Oxytocin hormone secretion. Long-standing Atropine treatment could affects mother's milk production. American Academy of Pediatrics: Maternal Medication Usually Compatible With Breastfeeding.
Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet Breastfeeding Analsys - 2
Atropine sulfate while Breastfeeding
CAS Number: 51-55-8
No information is available on the use of atropine during breastfeeding. Long-term use of atropine might reduce milk production or milk letdown, but a single systemic or ophthalmic dose is not likely to interfere with breastfeeding. During long-term use, observe for signs of decreased lactation (e.g., insatiety, poor weight gain).
I already used Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet and meanwhile I breastfed my baby should I be concerned?
Not much study has been done on safety of Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet in breastfeeding and its ingredients. Even we do not have complete information about usage of Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet in breastfeeding so at this point a trained medical professional could be your best bet. If you observe anything abnormal with your baby please contact 911.
I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet, is it safe?
If your doctor considers Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet safe enough to prescribe for you that means its benefits should outweigh its known risks for you.
If I am using Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet, will my baby need extra monitoring?
We are not Sure, Please check with your healthcare provider or doctor.
Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Motofen | Difenoxin Hydrochloride Tablet 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