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No research has been done specifically on Iquix and breastfeeding; however, based on studies using the active ingredient (levofloxacin), the medication in the eye drop could pass through breast milk. Any problems this might cause in an infant -- if they even occur -- would be minimal. As a safety precaution, apply your finger to the tear duct for one minute after applying a dose of Iquix.

Can I Use Iquix While Breastfeeding?

Iquix® (levofloxacin ophthalmic solution) is a prescription eye drop used to treat corneal ulcers. It belongs to the fluoroquinolone ("quinolone") class of antibiotics.
 
Currently, it is unknown if Iquix passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about using this medication.
 

Breastfeeding and Iquix: What Does the Research Say?

No research has been done to see if Iquix passes through breast milk. However, levofloxacin, the active ingredient in Iquix, is known to pass through breast milk when the drug is taken intravenously (by IV).
 
Iquix is an eye drop, however, and very little of the medication is expected to reach the bloodstream after normal use. Therefore, it is unlikely that Iquix would reach the breast milk in measurable quantities. Nonetheless, because it has never been studied in breastfeeding women, potential problems cannot yet be completely ruled out.
 
Theoretically, the calcium in breast milk might bind to any Iquix that passed through to the breast milk, preventing the medication from being absorbed into the infant's bloodstream. However, it is not known if this is really the case.
 
To help reduce the amount of Iquix that may reach the breast milk, apply gentle pressure to the tear duct with your finger for at least one minute after using it. Use a tissue to wipe away any remaining medication.
 
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