Acanya and Breastfeeding
No studies have been done on Acanya (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide) and breastfeeding, so it's unknown if the drug passes through breast milk. Because only a small amount of this medicine is expected to reach the bloodstream, it's probably unlikely that it would pass through breast milk in high enough amounts to cause problems. However, due to potential risks, the manufacturer recommends that Acanya be avoided while nursing.
Can Breastfeeding Women Use Acanya?Acanya® (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide) is a prescription medication approved to treat acne in individuals 12 years of age and older. It comes in the form of a gel that is applied to the skin. At this time, it is unknown if Acanya passes through human breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider before using Acanya.
More Information on Acanya and BreastfeedingBecause Acanya has not been studied in nursing women, it is unknown whether it passes through breast milk or if it would cause harm to a nursing infant. The manufacturer recommends that women not use this medicine while nursing.
When taken by mouth or given by injection, clindamycin (one of the active ingredients in Acanya) is known to pass through breast milk and has been shown to cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects in the nursing infant (such as diarrhea and bloody stools). It is unknown whether benzoyl peroxide, the other active ingredient in Acanya, passes through breast milk.
With normal use, only a small amount of Acanya is expected to be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Therefore, the medicine is generally considered low-risk to a nursing infant. However, because Acanya has not been adequately studied in women who are nursing, all potential problems cannot yet be ruled out.
If your healthcare provider recommends Acanya while breastfeeding, avoid applying it to the breast or nipple area. This would directly expose a nursing infant to the medicine. Also, try to limit direct skin-to-skin contact with areas of the skin where Acanya has been applied. Make sure to watch for and report any potential problems in your nursing infant, such as:
- Bloody stools
- Diaper rash