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Elidel and Breastfeeding

There are unknown risks with using Elidel (pimecrolimus) while breastfeeding, so women should talk to their healthcare provider before using this medicine when nursing a child. No research has been done to determine whether it passes through breast milk. Although it is not expected that large amounts of this medicine would pass through, problems such as excessive crying or diarrhea might occur in an infant.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Elidel?

Elidel® (pimecrolimus) is a prescription medication approved for use in certain people who have eczema. It comes as a cream that is applied to the skin. The manufacturer recommends that women not use Elidel while breastfeeding.

More Information About Elidel and Breastfeeding

Elidel has not been studied in breastfeeding women. Therefore, it is unknown if the medication passes through breast milk, or if it would harm a nursing infant.
Elidel is a topical medicine that is applied to the skin. Blood levels of this drug are expected to be minimal with normal use, because very little (if any) medicine is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Therefore, Elidel is not expected to present a significant risk to a nursing child when used while breastfeeding.
It should be noted, however, that certain things may increase the amount of Elidel absorbed through the skin, such as:
  • Using the medicine more often than recommended
  • Using it on large areas of skin
  • Covering the treated skin with a bandage or dressing
  • Applying the cream to skin that has open sores.
Also, people with certain skin conditions may absorb more Elidel than normally expected.
If your healthcare provider recommends this medicine while breastfeeding, watch for any possible Elidel side effects in your infant. Talk to your child's healthcare provider if your child develops problems such as:
  • Problems feeding
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive crying
  • Anything else that just doesn't seem right.
If you are using Elidel, it is probably best to avoid applying it to the breast or nipple area, which would directly expose a nursing infant to the medicine. Also, try to limit direct skin-to-skin contact with areas of the skin where Elidel has been applied.
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