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Ultravate and Breastfeeding

Because there are unknown risks with using Ultravate (halobetasol) while breastfeeding, women should talk to their healthcare provider before using this medicine and 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 breast milk, all of the potential complications cannot yet be ruled out.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Ultravate?

Ultravate® (halobetasol propionate) is a prescription steroid medication used to treat various different skin conditions. At this time, it is unknown if Ultravate passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using this drug.

More Information on Ultravate and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if Ultravate 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 it near or on the nipple; if this is not possible, make sure to completely remove the medicine before nursing your baby.
Since Ultravate usually works great for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers wonder if they could use it on a stubborn diaper rash. Never use Ultravate to treat diaper rash. This drug is too potent for small children, who have a higher risk for serious Ultravate side effects. Some steroids are approved for use in young children. However, Ultravate is not. It is too strong for young children and is approved only for individuals over the age of 12.
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