The active ingredient in Ocufen (flurbiprofen ophthalmic) passes through breast milk when the drug is taken by mouth. However, because Ocufen is an eye drop and very little medicine actually reaches the bloodstream, it's unlikely that it would be passed through breast milk in high enough amounts to cause problems. Even so, consult your doctor if you are thinking of breastfeeding while using Ocufen.
Can Breastfeeding Women Use Ocufen?
Ocufen® (flurbiprofen ophthalmic) is a prescription eye drop used to prevent the pupil from constricting (getting smaller) during certain eye surgeries. At this time, it is unknown if Ocufen passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Ocufen.
More Information on Ocufen and Breastfeeding
The active ingredient in Ocufen (flurbiprofen) has been shown to pass through breast milk in very small amounts when taken by mouth. The amount found in breast milk after oral use is so small that there is expected to be little-to-no risk to a nursing infant. Many experts consider flurbiprofen safe for use during breastfeeding.
It should be noted that Ocufen is an eye drop, not an oral medicine. Ocufen itself has not been studied in breastfeeding women, and it is unknown if the drug passes through breast milk with normal use.
Because very little of the drug is expected to be found in the bloodstream after normal use, it is reasonable to expect Ocufen to be as safe (or even safer) during breastfeeding than oral forms of flurbiprofen. However, because the drug has not been studied in breastfeeding women, the manufacturer recommends that women not breastfeed while using Ocufen.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss Ocufen and breastfeeding with your healthcare provider. 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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