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It is unknown whether Prolensa (bromfenac) passes through breast milk, or if it would harm a nursing infant. However, because Prolensa 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 Prolensa.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Prolensa?

Prolensa™ (bromfenac ophthalmic solution) is a prescription medication used to treat inflammation and reduce swelling after cataract surgery. The manufacturer of the medication recommends that it should be used cautiously in women who are breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Prolensa.
 

More Information on Prolensa and Breastfeeding

There is very little information available about the use of Prolensa while breastfeeding. The drug has not been studied in breastfeeding women. Therefore, it is not entirely known whether it passes through breast milk.
 
Prolensa is a prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) eye drop medication. With normal use, very little (if any) of the drug is absorbed from the eye into the bloodstream. Therefore, it would be unlikely that any significant amounts would be found in breast milk.
 
In addition, many experts consider other NSAIDs safe for use during breastfeeding, even when they are taken by mouth. As a result, Prolensa is likely compatible with breastfeeding. However, as previously noted, the manufacturer recommends that caution be used when it is given to women who are nursing.
 
Therefore, if your healthcare provider recommends using this drug while breastfeeding, make sure to watch for any potential problems in your nursing child. Such problems may include but are not limited to:
 
  • Unexplained crying
  • Reduced appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Anything else that seems out of the ordinary for your child.
 
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