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Safety in Lactation: Clindamycin

Monitor infant for gastro-intestinal disturbances and oral candida infection, especially if used for prolonged periods or in high doses, although these effects are unlikely to…

Safety in Lactation: Contraceptive devices

Intra-uterine devices (IUD) contain copper but do not contain any other pharmacologically active components. Levonorgestrel-containing IUDs are detailed in 7.3.2.

Safety in Lactation: Contrast media

Only very small amounts of iodinated or gadolinium-based contrast medium given to a lactating mother reach the milk, and only a minute proportion entering the…

Safety in Lactation: Control of epilepsy

Choice will depend on clinical condition, and should primarily be based on suitability for the patient, rather than safety during breastfeeding. Whilst sodium valproate  is…

Safety in Lactation: Cytomegalovirus infection

There is no published evidence for the antivirals used for cytomegalovirus infection during breastfeeding. These agents are extremely toxic, therefore their use during breastfeeding is…
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