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BenzaClin and Breastfeeding

Because BenzaClin (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide) has not been adequately studied in women who are breastfeeding, it is unknown if this drug passes through breast milk or if it is harmful for nursing infants. Although this is a topical medication, the potential risks to a nursing infant cannot yet be ruled out. Before using BenzaClin, breastfeeding women should talk to their healthcare provider about any potential risks.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use BenzaClin?

BenzaClin® (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide) is a prescription topical medication licensed for the treatment of acne. At this time, it is unknown if BenzaClin passes through human breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider before using this medication.

More Information on BenzaClin and Breastfeeding

At this time, it is unknown whether BenzaClin passes through breast milk because it has not been studied in women who are breastfeeding. The manufacturer recommends that women not use this medicine while nursing.
When clindamycin, one of the active ingredients in BenzaClin, is taken by mouth, the drug does pass through breast milk. It is unknown whether benzoyl peroxide, the other active ingredient in BenzaClin, passes through breast milk.
With normal use, only a small amount of BenzaClin is expected to be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Therefore, it is unlikely that much (if any) of the medicine would reach the breast milk. Based on this information, BenzaClin may be safe for use while breastfeeding. However, because it has not been adequately studied in women who are nursing, all potential problems cannot yet be ruled out.
If your healthcare provider recommends BenzaClin 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 BenzaClin has been applied. Make sure to watch for and report any potential problems in your nursing infant, such as:
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