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Halog and Breastfeeding

No studies have been done to determine whether Halog (halcinonide) passes through breast milk. Because this medicine is applied topically on the skin, it is not expected that large amounts would pass through breast milk to a nursing infant. However, the potential risks cannot be completely ruled out, so talk to your healthcare provider before using Halog while breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Halog?

Halog® (halcinonide) is a prescription steroid medication used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions. It is a steroid. At this time, it is unknown if Halog passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Halog, although the risks are likely to be low.

More Information on Halog and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if Halog passes through breast milk. However, other similar steroids are known to pass through breast milk. Fortunately, even when steroids are taken by mouth or by injection, only a small amount passes through breast milk. This implies that topical use of steroids, which are applied directly on the skin, would probably result in very tiny amounts (if any) passing through breast milk, although this is not known for sure.
Direct skin-to-skin contact with areas where the medicine has been applied should be avoided to prevent exposing the baby to the medication by skin transfer. Also, avoid applying Halog near or on the nipple; if this is not possible, make sure to completely remove the medicine before nursing your baby.

A Cautionary Note

Since Halog usually works great for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers wonder if they could use it on a stubborn diaper rash. Never apply this (or any other medication prescribed for yourself) to a diaper rash without first checking with your healthcare provider. Young children are more likely to absorb a dangerously high amount of the medication, especially when applied to broken skin (like a diaper rash) and especially when the area is covered, such as by a diaper.
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