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Duac and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to determine if Duac (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide) passes through human breast milk. Because it is a skin gel and very little medicine actually reaches the bloodstream, it is probably unlikely that the drug would be passed through breast milk in high enough amounts to cause problems. However, due to unknown risks, the manufacturer recommends that women not use Duac while breastfeeding.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Duac?

Duac® (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide) is a prescription medication applied directly to the skin to treat acne in individuals age 12 or older. At this time, it is unknown if Duac passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, talk with your healthcare provider before using Duac.

More Information on Duac and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if Duac passes through breast milk. 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 Duac) 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 Duac, passes through breast milk.
With normal use, only a small amount of Duac 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 Duac has not been adequately studied in women who are nursing, all potential problems cannot yet be ruled out.
If your healthcare provider recommends Duac 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 Duac has been applied. Make sure to watch for and report any potential problems in your nursing infant, such as:
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