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Some women may wonder if it is safe to use Temovate (clobetasol propionate) while breastfeeding. It is not known if this drug passes through breast milk or if it would harm a nursing baby. However, because it is a topical medicine, only small amounts would likely be passed through the breast milk. Nonetheless, talk to your healthcare provider before using this medicine while breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Temovate?

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

More Information on Temovate and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if Temovate 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 Temovate near or on the nipple; if this is not possible, make sure to completely remove the medicine before breastfeeding your baby.
Because Temovate is usually effective at quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers may wonder if they could use it on a diaper rash. Never use this medicine to treat a diaper rash. It is too potent for small children, who have a higher risk for serious Temovate side effects.
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