How can I find out if a medication is safe to take whilst breastfeeding?

(9 Posts)
sheeplikessleep Thu 27-Feb-14 20:06:32

I've been prescribed diltiazem hydrochloride cream for an anal fissure.
The dr phoned someone up whilst I was there and checked it, but I still feel a bit uneasy and I'm struggling to find something online.
Can anyone advise where I might be able to double check?
Many thanks

WeekendsAreHappyDays Thu 27-Feb-14 20:07:00

Kellymom has a list

TheScience Thu 27-Feb-14 20:08:41

You can try looking it up on the Lactmed database toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT

I believe the Breastfeeding Network also has a drugs in breastmilk information service.

Abracadabra1 Thu 27-Feb-14 20:08:51

Breastfeeding network has the number of a pharmacist on their websute you can phone for advice.

mousmous Thu 27-Feb-14 20:09:27
sheeplikessleep Thu 27-Feb-14 20:29:58

Thankyou so much

Oodhousekeeping Thu 27-Feb-14 21:04:04

Lact med has an app too.

leedy Fri 28-Feb-14 15:12:33

Yup, Lactmed is great, or E-lactancia
www.e-lactancia.org/en/

BFN also have a great series of factsheets on different types of medication (painkillers, antibiotics, antidepressants, etc.) so you can see all your BF-friendly options in one place:
www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/drugs-in-breastmilk-information-and-factsheets.html

sheeplikessleep Fri 28-Feb-14 21:36:39

Thankyou.
Fortunately, the bfn pharmacist emailed me back last night and said she had no concerns with me using the cream and breastfeeding. Really hope it does what it should do now and clear up my painful bum!

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