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There may be unknown risks associated with using Aclovate (alclometasone) while breastfeeding, as it is unclear if this drug passes through breast milk. Although it is not expected that large amounts of this medicine would pass through, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider before using this medicine while nursing an infant.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Aclovate?

Aclovate® (alclometasone dipropionate) is a prescription steroid medication used to treat various skin conditions. At this time, it is unknown if Aclovate passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Aclovate.

More Information on Aclovate and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if Aclovate 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 Aclovate is usually effective for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers may wonder if they could use it on a diaper rash. Never use Aclovate to treat diaper rash. The diaper acts like a barrier that increases the absorption of the medication, increasing the risk for serious side effects.
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