Topicort and Breastfeeding

Some women may wonder if they can use Topicort (desoximetasone) while breastfeeding. It is not known if this drug passes through breast milk or if it would harm a nursing infant. However, because it is applied to the skin, it is thought that only small amounts of the drug (if any) would pass through the breast milk.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Topicort?

Topicort® (desoximetasone) is a skin medication used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions. At this time, it is unknown if Topicort passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before using Topicort.

More Information on Topicort and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if Topicort 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 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 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 Topicort is usually effective for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers may wonder if they could use it on a diaper rash. 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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