Because no research has been done on Vectical (calcitriol ointment) and breastfeeding, it is unknown whether this medicine passes through human breast milk. To help ensure a safe treatment, you should avoid skin-to-skin contact between your baby and the areas of your skin where you have applied this medicine. In addition, this ointment should not be applied directly on the breast.
Can Breastfeeding Women Use Vectical?
At this time, it is unknown if Vectical® (calcitriol ointment) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Vectical.
More Information on Vectical and Breastfeeding
No research has been done to see if calcitriol passes through breast milk in humans. 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 Vectical on the breast.
It is important to understand that the active ingredient in Vectical is calcitriol, which is the active form of vitamin D that naturally occurs in the human body. However, it is unclear if the elevated levels of calcitriol (and/or the elevated levels of calcium that occur in the body due to this medicine) could cause problems for a breastfed baby.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and Vectical use with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Vectical [package insert]. Fort Worth, TX: Galderma Laboratories, L.P.;2009 March.
National Library of Medicine (US). Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMED). NLM Web site. Available at: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT. Accessed August 4, 2011.
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