Cutivate Cream and Breastfeeding

Before using Cutivate Cream (fluticasone propionate cream), breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare provider about the potential risks. Although it is unknown if the medicine passes through breast milk, this topical skin medicine is not expected to pass through breast milk in large amounts to a nursing baby. Even so, you should still try to avoid applying it on or near the nipple, if possible.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Cutivate Cream?

Cutivate Cream® (fluticasone propionate cream) is a skin medication used to treat a variety of different skin conditions in adults and children as young as three months old. At this time, it is unknown if Cutivate Cream passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using this drug.

More Information on Cutivate Cream and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if Cutivate Cream passes through breast milk. However, other similar steroids are known to pass through breast milk. Fortunately, even when steroids are taken by mouth or by injection, only a small amount passes through breast milk. This implies that topical use of steroids, which are applied directly on the skin, would probably result in very tiny amounts (if any) passing through breast milk, although this is not known for sure.
Direct skin-to-skin contact with areas where the medicine has been applied should be avoided to prevent exposing the baby to the medication by skin transfer. Also, avoid applying it near or on the nipple; if this is not possible, make sure to completely remove the medicine before nursing your baby.
Because Cutivate Cream is usually effective for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers may wonder if they could use it on a diaper rash. Never apply this or any other medication prescribed for yourself on a diaper rash without first checking with your healthcare provider. Young children are more likely to absorb a dangerously high amount of the medication, especially when it is applied to broken skin (like a diaper rash) and particularly when the area is covered, such as by a diaper.
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