The active ingredient in the Lidoderm patch (lidocaine patch) does pass through breast milk. However, only a small amount is expected to pass through breast milk, and it's probably not enough to cause problems in a breastfed infant. Although the risks of using Lidoderm while breastfeeding are fairly low, it is generally recommended to use this medicine with caution while nursing.
Can Breastfeeding Women Use Lidoderm?
It is recommended that women use the Lidoderm® patch (lidocaine patch) with caution while nursing. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Lidoderm.
What Are the Safety Concerns With Lidoderm and Breastfeeding?
The active ingredient in Lidoderm (lidocaine) passes through breast milk. However, with normal use, only a small amount of this medication would pass through breast milk, probably too low to cause any significant problems. This, combined with the fact that lidocaine is not absorbed very well through an infant's digestive system, suggests that the risks to the breastfed infant are low.
The American Academy of Pediatrics considers lidocaine compatible with breastfeeding.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and Lidoderm 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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