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Is it safe to take Cefuroxime by a breastfeeding mother?


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Published At October 27, 2018
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My wife is suffering from fever from the last 3 to 4 days. She was taking P650, Calpol 500 twice daily. But the fever is still persisting. Today we contacted a local doctor and he prescribed Zocef CV 500 antibiotic course for three days. But we have a one and half-month-old baby girl who is continuing breastfeeding. Is that Zocef CV 500 safe for breastfeeding? Please suggest.

Answered by Dr. Babu Lal Meena


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Though the low level of Cefuroxime (Zocef) is being secreted in breast milk and postulated possible side effects are a change of intestinal flora of the baby and may lead to diarrhea. But the prospective studies failed to show such kind of the side effects in the study population (there was no difference in cases and controls). Hence, this medication is considered safe in lactating women. And the lady should continue breastfeeding as usual.On the top, she should take antibiotics only if there is an indication.

Patient's Query

Dear Sir, Hope your are fine.

Today, some blood test has been done for my wife. Local doctor suspected it as Dengue. I am sharing you all the blood test reports. Local doctor has suggested to admit to the hospital. Could you please check the reports and suggest that there is any emergency to admit to the hospital? Currently she has fever of 101.2. Some times it is increases. Please suggest. Regards

Answered by Dr. Babu Lal Meena


Her NS1Ag is negative and IgM is positive, but platelets are normal. What happens in dengue is, patient becomes sick in association with falling of platelets. So in your case it's unlikely to go worsening until unless there is second hit by virus. For now you can monitor the patient and platelets, Take plenty of water, monitor platelets/vitals (HR, BP). Second option you can choose is get admitted and follow the advice. Admission is more important in this case, because she and fever. We need to find and treat the cause.

I will prefer admitting in case of persistent fever. I hope you got the answer.

Patient's Query

--file attached-- Dear Sir, I am sharing you today's blood test report of my wife. Could you please check the report and suggest. Thanks & regards
Answered by Dr. Babu Lal Meena


Reports are normal. It could be sepsis or malaria.

Take care.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Babu Lal Meena
Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Medical Gastroenterology

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