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No research has been done to determine if Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin ophthalmic) would pass through human breast milk. Because it is an eye drop and ointment (and very little medicine actually reaches the bloodstream), it is probably unlikely that Ciloxan would be passed through breast milk in high enough amounts to cause problems. However, consult your doctor if you are thinking of breastfeeding while using Ciloxan.

Can I Use Ciloxan While Breastfeeding?

Ciloxan® (ciprofloxacin ophthalmic) is a prescription medication used to treat certain bacterial infections of the eye, specifically bacterial conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers. This medication comes as a liquid eye drop and an eye ointment.
 
At this time, it is unknown if this medication passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about using Ciloxan.
 

More Information on Breastfeeding and Ciloxan

No research has been done to see if Ciloxan passes through breast milk. The active ingredient in Ciloxan, ciprofloxacin, is known to pass through breast milk in small amounts when taken by mouth.
 
However, Ciloxan is a topical medication (an eye drop and an ointment) and very little of the medication is expected to reach the bloodstream after normal use. Therefore, it is unlikely that the drug would reach the breast milk. However, because Ciloxan has never been studied in breastfeeding women, potential problems cannot yet be ruled out.
 
To help reduce the amount of Ciloxan that may reach the breast milk, apply gentle pressure to the tear duct with your finger for at least one minute after using Ciloxan eye drops or ointment. Then gently wipe away any remaining medication with a tissue.
 
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