It is unknown if Ocuflox (ofloxacin ophthalmic solution) is harmful for nursing infants, or even if it passes through human breast milk. However, because very little of the medication is expected to reach the bloodstream, the risk of problems is low. Because every woman's health situation is different, talk to your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and Ocuflox before starting treatment.
Can I Use Ocuflox While Breastfeeding?
Ocuflox® (ofloxacin ophthalmic solution) is a prescription eye drop used to treat certain bacterial infections of the eye, specifically bacterial conjunctivitis ("pink eye") and corneal ulcers. It belongs to the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics.
At this time, it is unknown if Ocuflox passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider about using Ocuflox.
More Information on Breastfeeding and Ocuflox
No research has been done to see if Ocuflox passes through breast milk. Ofloxacin, the active ingredient in Ocuflox, is known to pass through breast milk in amounts similar to those found in the bloodstream.
This medication is an eye drop, however, and very little of it is expected to reach the bloodstream after normal use. Therefore, it is unlikely that the drug would reach the breast milk. Because Ocuflox has never been studied in breastfeeding women, however, potential problems cannot yet be completely ruled out.
To help reduce the amount of Ocuflox 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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