Can I take Aminosalicylic Acid while breastfeeding?

Limited information indicates that maternal aminosalicylic acid therapy produces low levels in milk and would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants, especially if the infant is older than 2 months. Exclusively breastfed infants should be monitored for rare instances of jaundice, gastrointestinal disturbances, hypokalemia, thrombocytopenia, hemolysis and hypokalemia if this drug is used during lactation.[1]

Drug levels

Maternal Levels. One woman who was lactating, but not breastfeeding (time postpartum not stated) took a single 4 gram oral dose of aminosalicylic acid. A peak milk level of 1.1 mg/L occurred at 3 hours after the dose. The drug’s half-life in milk was estimated to be 2.5 hours.[1] Using these data, a fully breastfed infant would receive a maximum of about 0.25% of the maternal weight-adjusted dosage.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in breastfed infants

Maternal Levels. One woman who was lactating, but not breastfeeding (time postpartum not stated) took a single 4 gram oral dose of aminosalicylic acid. A peak milk level of 1.1 mg/L occurred at 3 hours after the dose. The drug’s half-life in milk was estimated to be 2.5 hours.[1] Using these data, a fully breastfed infant would receive a maximum of about 0.25% of the maternal weight-adjusted dosage.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Possible effects on lactation

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

References

1. Holdiness MR. Antituberculosis drugs and breast-feeding. Arch Intern Med. 1984;144:1888. Letter. PMID: 15889370

2. Drobac PC, del Castillo H, Sweetland A et al. Treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis during pregnancy: long-term follow-up of 6 children with intrauterine exposure to second-line agents. Clin Infect Dis. 2005;40:1689-92. PMID: 15889370

Last Revision Date

20150310

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Source: LactMed – National Library of Medicine (NLM)

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