Zyvox and Breastfeeding

More human research is necessary to determine the safety of using Zyvox (linezolid) while nursing. The drug's manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding women use it with caution. There are many cases where the benefits outweigh the risks, so if your doctor recommends using Zyvox while breastfeeding, watch for side effects in your infant, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or thrush.

Is Zyvox Safe for Breastfeeding Women?

Zyvox® (linezolid) is a prescription medication used to treat a variety of serious infections. This medication passes through breast milk. The manufacturer recommends that it be used with caution in breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you are nursing a child or are thinking about it, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Zyvox.
 

What Does the Research Say?

In animal studies, Zyvox was shown to pass through the breast milk of rats in amounts similar to those found in the blood of the mother rats.
 
Information on breastfeeding and Zyvox use in humans is limited. In one study, Zyvox was shown to pass through the breast milk of a woman after she was given one dose of the medication. The highest levels were seen in the breast milk two hours after the dose was given.
 
Zyvox has not been studied in breastfeeding infants. However, it has been estimated that the amount a nursing infant would receive through breast milk is less than the normal infant dose.
 
This drug is often used to treat serious infections. In such cases, the benefits of the medication may outweigh the possible risks, especially if another antibiotic is not an option. If your healthcare provider recommends breastfeeding while taking Zyvox, make sure to watch for any problems in your infant, such as:
 
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