Phenylephrine Hydrochloride 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 Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection and its risk associated with lactation. We will also discuss the usage of Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection and some common side effects associated with Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection.

What is Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection used for?

: Phenylephrine hydrochloride is intended for the maintenance of an adequate level of blood pressure during spinal and inhalation anesthesia and for the treatment of vascular failure in shock, shocklike states, and drug-induced hypotension, or hypersensitivity. It is also employed to overcome paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, to prolong spinal anesthesia, and as a vasoconstrictor in regional analgesia.

What are the risk associated with Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection usage while breastfeeding? What precautions shall I take while using it in breastfeeding?

Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection low risk for breastfeeding
Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection contains only one active ingredient that is Phenylephrine hydrochloride. We have analyzed the usage of Phenylephrine hydrochloride in breastfeeding and our analysis suggest that Phenylephrine hydrochloride poses Low risk for infant while breastfeeding and hence Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection itself shall be considered Low risk item for breastfeeding.

Statement of Manufacturer/Labeler about breastfeeding usage
Nursing Mother - It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when phenylephrine hydrochloride is administered to a nursing woman.

Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection Breastfeeding Analsys

Phenylephrine hydrochloride while Breastfeeding

Low Risk

CAS Number: 59-42-7

Used on topical decongestant solutions for nose drops at low concentration. 10% midriatic eye drops are available. Because low concentration is used on nose and ophtalmic drops a significant excretion into breast milk is unlikely. Low oral biodisponibility minimizes any risk of harmful effect in the infant. Authorized for nasal or ophtalmic use on children aged younger than 1 year. Although on latest update relevant data on breastfeeding was not found it is considered to be safe when minimal dose is used. Avoid excessive or long term use. A related drug Pseudoephedrine can inhibit milk production. It would be advisable to press on the lachrimal sac to minimize absorption.

Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection Breastfeeding Analsys - 2

Phenylephrine hydrochloride while Breastfeeding

CAS Number: 59-42-7

The oral bioavailability of phenylephrine is only about 40%,[1] so the drug is unlikely to reach the infant in large amounts. However, intravenous or oral administration of phenylephrine might decrease milk production. Because no information is available on the use of oral phenylephrine during breastfeeding, an alternate drug may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant.Phenylephrine nasal spray or ophthalmic drops are less likely to decrease lactation. To substantially diminish the effect of the drug after using eye drops, place pressure over the tear duct by the corner of the eye for 1 minute or more, then remove the excess solution with an absorbent tissue.

Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection and breastfeeding

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

Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection is in the category of low risk, if you have already used it then its not a big deal if health and behavior of baby is good. However your health care provider shall be aware of the fact that you have used Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection so you should inform him based on your convenience.

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

Though Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection dose not comes in category of safe drugs rather it comes in category of low risk but if your doctor is aware that you are breastfeeding your baby and has still recommended it then its advantages must be outweighing the risks.

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

Not much monitoring required while using Phenylephrine Hydrochloride Injection

Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Phenylephrine Hydrochloride 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