Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops Breastfeeding

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 Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops while breastfeeding. We will also discuss about common side effects and warnings associated with Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops.

What is Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops used for?

Gentamicin sulfate ophthalmic solution, USP is indicated in the topical treatment of ocular bacterial infections including conjunctivitis, keratitis, keratoconjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, blepharitis, blepharoconjunctivitis, acute meibomianitis, and dacryocystitis, caused by susceptible strains of the following microorganisms: Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Enterobacter aerogenes, Escherichia coli, Haemophilus influenzae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Serratia marcescens.

Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops while breastfeeding safe or not? Can there be any side effects for infant while using it during breastfeeding?

Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops safe for breastfeeding
As per our analysis Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops contains only one ingredient and that is Gentamicin. We have analyzed Gentamicin and it seems to be safe to use Gentamicin while breastfeeding, that means usage of Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops shall be safe while breastfeeding. Below you can check more details of Gentamicin usage in breastfeeding. We recommend you to go through provided detailed analysis as below take decision accordingly.

Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops Breastfeeding Analsys

Gentamicin while Breastfeeding


CAS Number: 1403-66-3

Excreted into breast milk in non-significant amount. Harmful effect has not been shown in breastfed infants whose mothers were treated with Gentamicin, except on case of a child who presented with bloody stools while the mother was receiving Gentamicin and Clindamycin. Low intestinal absorption leads to low or nil concentration in blood serum, with exception of premature infants or early neonatal period in which higher absorption may occur. Consider the possibility of false negative results of bacterial cultures among febrile breastfed infants whose mothers are treated with Gentamicin. Gastroenteritis due to intestinal flora imbalance is also likely. When eye drops are used like many other topical ophtalmologic preparations that use low doses with scanty excretion into serum are considered to be compatible with breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics rates it compatible with breastfeeding. The WHO Model List of Essential Medicines 2002 rates it as compatible with breastfeeding.

Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops Breastfeeding Analsys - 2

Gentamicin while Breastfeeding

CAS Number: 1403-66-3

Gentamicin is poorly excreted into breastmilk. Newborn infants apparently absorb small amounts of gentamicin, but serum levels with typical three times/day dosages are far below those attained when treating newborn infections and systemic effects of gentamicin are unlikely. Older infants would be expected to absorb even less gentamicin. Because there is little variability in the milk gentamicin levels during multiple daily dose regimens, timing breastfeeding with respect to the dose is of little or no benefit in reducing infant exposure. Data are not available with single daily dose regimens. Monitor the infant for possible effects on the gastrointestinal flora, such as diarrhea, candidiasis (e.g., thrush, diaper rash) or rarely, blood in the stool indicating possible antibiotic-associated colitis.Maternal use of an ear drop or eye drop that contains gentamicin presents little or no risk for the nursing infant.[1]

What should I do if already breastfed my kid after using Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops?

It is always a good idea to keep your healthcare provider or doctor informed about your drug usage during pregnancy and breastfeeding but if you have not informed your doctor about Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops and have used it then do not panic as Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops is mostly safe in breastfeeding and should not cause any harm to your baby.

I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops, is it safe?

Usage of Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops is safe for nursing mothers and baby, No worries.

If I am using Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ Drops, will my baby need extra monitoring?


Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Gentamicin Sulfate Solution/ 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