Due to the unknown risks, women should talk to their healthcare provider before using Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) while breastfeeding. No clinical studies have been done to determine whether this drug passes through breast milk. Although other similar steroids pass through breast milk in small amounts, do not use this medication without first talking to your healthcare provider about potential risks.
Can Breastfeeding Women Use Locoid?
Locoid® (hydrocortisone butyrate) is a prescription steroid medication that is applied on the skin. At this time, it is unknown if Locoid passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Locoid.
More Information on Locoid and Breastfeeding
No research has been done to see if Locoid 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 Locoid is usually effective for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers may wonder if they could use it on a diaper rash. Locoid 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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