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Zyclara and Breastfeeding

It is thought that Zyclara would pass through breast milk based on its chemical properties, but it is not known how this drug might affect a nursing infant. Because all of the potential risks cannot yet be ruled out, the manufacturer of the medication recommends that women use Zyclara with caution while breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Zyclara?

At this time, it is not clear if Zyclara® (imiquimod cream) is safe for use while breastfeeding. The manufacturer suggests that the medication be used with caution in women who are nursing. If you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider before using Zyclara.

More Information on Zyclara and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if imiquimod (the active ingredient in Zyclara) passes through breast milk in humans. Based on the chemical properties of the drug, it probably does pass through breast milk.
However, due to the low overall exposure of the body to imiquimod with Zyclara, because only a small amount of the medication is used and an even smaller amount is absorbed throughout the body, it is not expected that Zyclara would cause serious problems. Nonetheless, the remote possibility that this medication could cause problems in a nursing infant cannot be ruled out at this time.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Zyclara use 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.
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