Hale look up?

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Hale look up?
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Thu, 03-22-2012 - 8:03pm

Hi all, I was diagnosed with pneumonia and given a rx for levofloxacin. I know we don't use it in children due to cartilage damage and I know ofloxacin is extreted to some degree into milk but what about levofloxacin? My baby is 18 months and only nurses in the morning and at bedtime, twice a day. If this won't work are there any other commonly given antibiotics people know of that are safe?

Thanks so much

Maggie (now nursing my 5th and last, each for 2 years give or take, all because of this board 10 years ago!!!)

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Thu, 03-22-2012 - 9:27pm

OK I found this, in an old archive of this board:

If your doctor is set on using a fluoroquinolone antibiotic Ofloxacin or Levofloxacin are probably better choices for nursing mothers. They are in the same family and can be used alternately but produce milk levels 5 times less than that of Cipro. You might ask your DR to change your prescription to one of those if you have concern about using the Cipro.

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Fri, 03-23-2012 - 3:30pm
I have an app from the National Institutes of Health that is pretty thorough. They say this: "Short term use of levofloxacin is acceptable in nursing mothers. Avoiding breastfeeding between 4 to 6 hours after a dose should decrease the exposure of the infant to levofloxacin in breastmilk."

Typically, meds are less of a concern with an older nursling who is both nursing less and is bigger and able to metabolize meds more efficiently themselves. So it sounds fine. Hope you feel better!