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The full risks of breastfeeding while using Lotemax (loteprednol) are currently unknown, as no studies have been done on this topic. The manufacturer of the drug advises women to use this medication with caution while nursing a child. Before using Lotemax eye medications, nursing women should consult their healthcare providers.

Can Women Use Lotemax While Breastfeeding?

At this time, it is unknown if Lotemax® (loteprednol etabonate) is safe to use while breastfeeding. If you are nursing a child, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider before using this eye medication. The manufacturer of Lotemax recommends that women use this medication with caution while breastfeeding.

Safety Issues With Breastfeeding and Lotemax

Lotemax is a corticosteroid ("steroid"), and other steroids (taken by mouth or injection) have been reported to suppress growth or cause other problems in breastfed infants. If your healthcare provider recommends breastfeeding while using Lotemax, make sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
It is important to understand that because Lotemax is an eye medication, only a small amount of the medication reaches the bloodstream. Based on this information, it is unlikely that a significant amount of the drug would reach the breast milk. However, the possibility of problems cannot be entirely eliminated, as this medication has never been studied in breastfeeding women.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while using Lotemax. 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.
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