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It is unknown whether ApexiCon E Cream (diflorasone emollient cream) passes through breast milk. Because this medicine is applied topically on the skin, it is not expected that large amounts would pass through breast milk to a nursing infant. However, the potential risks cannot be ruled out, so talk to your healthcare provider before using ApexiCon E Cream while breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use ApexiCon E Cream?

ApexiCon® E Cream (diflorasone emollient cream) is a skin medication used to treat a variety of different skin conditions. At this time, it is unknown if ApexiCon E 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 medication.
 

More Information on ApexiCon E Cream and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if ApexiCon E 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 ApexiCon E Cream is usually effective for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers may wonder if they could use it on a diaper rash. This product is not approved for treating diaper rash and is specifically not recommended for use in the diaper area.
 
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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