Most health expert recommend six month of exclusive breastfeeding but statics suggest that numbers are not good, almost 95% mothers start breastfeeding but this number drops to 40% in first three month and further it drops to 15% till fifth month. Sometime its due to need of medication usage. Because of these statics its important to provide good information on safety of drugs in breastfeeding so that it can be improved when possible. In this FAQ sheet we will discuss about exposure to Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream while breastfeeding. We will also discuss about common side effects and warnings associated with Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream.
What is Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream used for?
Betamethasone dipropionate cream, 0.05% (augmented) is a high-potency corticosteroid indicated for relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses in patients 13 years and older.
Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream while breastfeeding safe or not? Can there be any side effects for infant while using it during breastfeeding?
Betamethasone is the one and only active ingredient present in Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream. Betamethasone in itself is a low risk drug for lactation so it is easy to understand that Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream also comes in category of Low Risk item while breastfeeding. Below is the summary of Betamethasone in breastfeeding.
Statement of Manufacturer/Labeler about breastfeeding usage
Nursing Mothers: It is not known whether topical administration of corticosteroids can result in sufficient systemic absorption to produce detectable quantities in breast milk. Systemically administered corticosteroids are secreted into breast milk in quantities not likely to have a deleterious effect on the infant. Nevertheless, 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.
Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream Breastfeeding Analsys
Betamethasone while Breastfeeding Low Risk
CAS Number: 378-44-9
Because pharmacokinetic data suggest excretion into breast milk in significant levels long lasting treatments should use other steroidal drugs known to be excreted in low amounts. When administered before delivery it may induce delay in phase II of Lactogenesis (coming-in) and a decrease of milk production within the first week post-partum. Large intra-articular doses may transitory decrease milk production. WHO Model List of Essential Drugs 2002: Compatible with breastfeeding.
Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream Breastfeeding Analsys - 2
Betamethasone while Breastfeeding
CAS Number: 378-44-9
Betamethasone has not been well studied during breastfeeding after systemic or topical use. Systemic betamethasone is best avoided in favor of one of the shorter-acting and better studied alternatives because of its potency and low protein binding which would favor its passage into milk. Use of betamethasone 3 to 9 days prior to delivery of a preterm infant might decrease postpartum milk production in some women. Local injections, such as for tendinitis, would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants, but might occasionally cause temporary loss of milk supply.
What should I do if already breastfed my kid after using Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream?
During whole lactation period you shall first discuss with your doctor and then together you shall decide whether you shall take that drug or not however if you have already taken Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream then you shall inform your doctor, But you should not be worried too much as Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream comes in category of low risk drug.
I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream, is it safe?
Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream comes in category of low risk and if your doctor is aware that you are breastfeeding it should be ok to use without much concerns.
If I am using Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream, will my baby need extra monitoring?
Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream 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