No research has been done to determine if Picato (ingenol mebutate) would pass through human breast milk. Because this medicine is applied on the skin, it is not expected to result in large amounts of the drug being absorbed into the bloodstream. However, due to the potentially unknown risks, talk to your healthcare provider before using Picato while breastfeeding.
Can Breastfeeding Women Use Picato?
At this time, it is not clear if Picato® (ingenol mebutate) is safe for use while breastfeeding. Interestingly, the prescribing information for Picato does not even discuss breastfeeding, which is unusual for new medications like this one. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk with your healthcare provider before using this drug.
More Information on Picato and Breastfeeding
No research has been done to see if ingenol mebutate, the active ingredient in Picato, passes through human breast milk. However, because Picato is applied on the skin and only a small amount, if any, is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is not expected that Picato would cause serious problems. Nonetheless, the remote possibility that the drug could cause problems in a nursing infant cannot be ruled out at this time.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and Picato 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.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Picato [package insert]. Parsippany, NJ: LEO Pharma, Inc.;2012 January.
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