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Medicine Use During Breastfeeding

Most of the medications are safe and can be taken during breastfeeding. However, there are some medicines whose use is contraindicated during breastfeeding. It is advisable to consult with your doctor before taking any medication. Alternating medication may be prescribed if the pill may cause harm to the baby. Also, the doctor may give you a specific time to breastfeed when the drug amount in the body would be less. If you take medicines for a chronic condition, you will be asked to stop your breastfeeding temporarily or permanently. In case of temporary withdrawal, breast milk can be pumped and stored, while in case of a permanent withdrawal, which is very rare, weaning and infant formula suggestion should be obtained from the doctor.

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Please suggest some medicine to delay periods.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old. I am breastfeeding (not exclusively) my 9-month-old baby due to which I am having irregular periods almost every month. They get delayed for 10 to 15 days. Now, I am on vacation and really do not want my periods for at least 10 days to come as there will be a lot of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In breastfeeding, serum prolactin increases. That helps in milk production. Even for increasing breast milk production, sometimes prolactin has been given. Prolactin depresses/reduces/disturbs the menstrual cycle. Before six months of age, it is better for breastfeed...  Read Full »

Is surgery required for a swollen and painful toe?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife has swelling and pain on her toe (pictures attached). Sometimes, blood and pus also secrete from it. Can you please suggest what we should do? Can this be healed through medicine? Please advise the medicine we should use. Does she require any surgery? Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Datta Ram. U.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Does she have any comorbidities like diabetes? Does she have a fever too? It looks like a condition called paronychia or periungual abscess, an infection of the nail fold and bed. It needs th...  Read Full »

Is the increased hunger in my baby due to the side effect of Mirtazapine that I am taking?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been taking Mirtazapine 15 g a day for anxiety. I have a baby who is 17 days old. He is hungry most of the time and will take between 3 to 5 ounces at each feed which is between two to three hours. I know the Mirtazapine can increase hunger, and I have put on weight since start...  Read Full »

Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The dose of Mirtazapine you are taking is very low. Mirtazapine is an antidepressant found in milk only when the dosage is higher than 120 mg per day. Even if secreted in milk, the amount found in milk is very low, giving undesirable side ...  Read Full »

Please suggest flu medicines that are safe for a lactating mother.

Query: Hello doctor, My wife today woke up with a bit of body ache, sore throat, and slight fever. She is a lactating mother of a 12 month old baby girl. She is also believed to get pregnant this week. So kindly prescribe the required medicines for her to take which are safe both for a lactating mother and...  Read Full »

Dr. Sweta Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to She will need to rely mostly on home remedies as she is lactating. However, I did not understand the part where you have mentioned she is expecting to get pregnant this week. It is harmful to her health if she conceives again so soon as I am sure you must be aware. K...  Read Full »

Is it safe to get a tooth pulled after three months of a C-section?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a C-section before three months. Is it safe to pull my tooth right now? I am having a terrible toothache.   Read Full »

Dr. Arya Kaushik Bharat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you have done C-section before three months, it is safe to visit a dentist for getting treatment. You will be giving breastfeeding to your baby and you need to take some precautions. You need to take safe antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines during feeding...  Read Full »

Can Cefuroxime be taken by a breastfeeding mother?

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 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 ...  Read Full »

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