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It is unknown if Olux (clobetasol propionate foam) passes through breast milk. Because this medication comes in the form of a foam that is applied on the skin, it is unlikely that large enough amounts of Olux would be passed to a breastfeeding baby; even when steroids are taken by mouth or injection, only tiny amounts have been shown to pass through breast milk.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Olux?

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

More Information on Olux and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if Olux passes through breast milk. However, other similar steroids are known to pass through breast milk. Reassuringly, 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 (for areas where the medicine has been applied) should be avoided, to prevent exposing the baby to the drug 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 this medication is usually effective for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers may wonder if they could use it on a diaper rash. Never use Olux to treat diaper rash. It is too potent for small children, who have a higher risk for serious Olux side effects.
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