Safety in Lactation: Drugs for bleeding disorders

Laura Kearney, Regional Principal Medicines Information Pharmacist, Midlands and East Medicines Advice Service (Midlands site) & UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory ServicePublished

Additional information relating to breastfeeding

To be used in conjunction with individual drug entries for specific information and guidance.

Antifibrinolytics & haemostatics

Etamsylate is a haemostatic used for control of menorrhagia. It is no longer licensed in the UK.

Tranexamic acid is an oral and parenteral antifibrinolytic agent indicated for a variety of haemorrhagic conditions. It has replaced the use of etamsylate.

Blood coagulation factors

Blood coagulation factors are used in a variety of rare haemorrhagic conditions mainly associated with congenital deficiencies of natural clotting factors. Their use in breastfeeding mothers is, therefore, likely to be rare.