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Because it is unknown if Cyclocort (amcinonide) passes through human breast milk, there may be unknown risks associated with using this drug while nursing. Although it is not expected that large amounts would pass through breast milk, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider before using Cyclocort while breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Cyclocort?

Cyclocort® (amcinonide) is a prescription skin medication used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions. At this time, it is unknown if Cyclocort 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 Cyclocort and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if Cyclocort 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 Cyclocort near or on the nipple; if this is not possible, make sure to completely remove the medicine before nursing your baby.

A Cautionary Note

Because Cyclocort is usually effective at quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers may wonder if they could use it on a diaper rash. Never use Cyclocort to treat diaper rash without first checking with your healthcare provider. The diaper acts like a barrier that increases the absorption of the medication, increasing the risk for serious side effects.
In addition, young children are more likely to absorb a dangerously high amount of the medication, especially when applied to broken skin like a diaper rash and especially when the area is covered, such as by a diaper.
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