Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops while Breastfeeding
Modern medicine has evolved so much so that sooner or later every breastfeeding mother needs to take it in one form or other. Medication that is present in mothers blood will transfer into her breast milk to some extent. Most drugs do so at low levels and pose no real risk to infants but then there are some exceptions. In This post will discuss whether Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops is safe in breast-feeding or not.

What is Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops used for?

Loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension is indicated for the treatment of steroid responsive inflammatory conditions of the palpebral and bulbar conjunctiva, cornea and anterior segment of the globe such as allergic conjunctivitis, acne rosacea, superficial punctate keratitis, herpes zoster keratitis, iritis, cyclitis, selected infective conjunctivitides, when the inherent hazard of steroid use is accepted to obtain an advisable diminution in edema and inflammation. Loteprednol etabonate is less effective than prednisolone acetate 1% in two 28-day controlled clinical studies in acute anterior uveitis, where 72% of patients treated with loteprednol etabonate experienced resolution of anterior chamber cells, compared to 87% of patients treated with prednisolone acetate 1%. The incidence of patients with clinically significant increases in IOP (≥10 mmHg) was 1% with loteprednol etabonate and 6% with prednisolone acetate 1%. Loteprednol etabonate should not be used in patients who require a more potent corticosteroid for this indication. Loteprednol etabonate ophthalmic suspension is also indicated for the treatment of post-operative inflammation following ocular surgery.

What are the risk associated with Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops usage while breastfeeding? What precautions shall I take while using it in breastfeeding?

Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops contains Loteprednol etabonate as active ingredients, . We do not have safety rating of Loteprednol etabonate but we do have analysis of Loteprednol etabonate, which is used in manufacturing of Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops. You can get a good idea about Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops usage while breastfeeding by going through our detailed analysis as below.

Statement of Manufacturer/Labeler about breastfeeding usage
Nursing Mothers: It is not known whether topical ophthalmic administration of corticosteroids could result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities in human milk. Systemic steroids appear in human milk and could suppress growth, interfere with endogenous corticosteroid production, or cause other untoward effects. Caution should be exercised when loteprednol etabonate is administered to a nursing woman.

Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops Breastfeeding Analsys

Loteprednol etabonate while Breastfeeding

CAS Number: 129260-79-3

No information is available on the ophthalmic use of loteprednol during breastfeeding. Because absorption from the eye is limited, ophthalmic loteprednol would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants. To substantially diminish the amount of drug that reaches the breastmilk 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.

Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops and breastfeeding

I am nursing mother and I have already used Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops, what should I do?

We are not completely sure about safety of Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops in breastfeeding. We would suggest you to contact your doctor or health care provider and explain your situation with Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops. If you observe anything abnormal with your baby please call 911 or contact emergency services in your area.

I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops, is it safe?

If your doctor considers Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops safe enough to prescribe for you that means its benefits outweigh its known risks.

If I am using Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops, will my baby need extra monitoring?

Not Sure, Please check with your doctor or lactation consultant.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Loteprednol Etabonate Suspension/ Drops 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