No research has been done to determine if Maxidex (dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension) passes through human breast milk. Because it is an eye drop and very little medicine actually reaches the bloodstream, it is probably unlikely that Maxidex would be passed through breast milk in high enough amounts to cause problems. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are thinking of breastfeeding while using Maxidex.
Is Maxidex Safe to Use While Breastfeeding?
Maxidex® (dexamethasone ophthalmic suspension) is a prescription eye medication used to treat eye inflammation associated with certain conditions of the eye. It belongs to a group of medications called corticosteroids, or just "steroids" for short.
At this time, it is unknown if this medication passes through breast milk. The manufacturer of Maxidex recommends the drug be used with caution in women who are nursing. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about using Maxidex.
More Information on Breastfeeding and Maxidex
No research has been done to see if Maxidex passes through breast milk. Other steroids are known to pass through breast milk when taken by mouth, and dexamethasone (the active ingredient in Maxidex) is also thought to do so.
It is important to remember that Maxidex is an eye drop, however, and it is likely that only a small amount of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream after normal use. Based on this information, it is unlikely that a significant amount of the drug would reach the breast milk. However, because Maxidex has never been studied in nursing women, all potential problems cannot yet be ruled out.
To help reduce the amount of Maxidex that may reach the breast milk, apply gentle pressure to the tear duct with your finger for at least one minute after using Maxidex. Then gently wipe away any remaining medication with a tissue.
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