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Dynacin and Breastfeeding

Dynacin passes through breast milk in small amounts, leading the manufacturer to recommend that nursing women avoid the drug. However, the amount that passes through breast milk is low; in fact, some experts believe that short-term use of Dynacin is safe for breastfeeding women and their infants. If you are breastfeeding, it's best to discuss your particular situation with your healthcare provider.

Can I Use Dynacin While Breastfeeding?

Dynacin® (minocycline hydrochloride) is a prescription antibiotic approved to treat a variety of different infections. It belongs to a class of antibiotics known as tetracyclines.
Dynacin passes through breast milk. The manufacturer recommends that it not be used when breastfeeding. However, some experts consider it safe if used for only a short time.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Dynacin

Dynacin can cause permanent tooth discoloration when given to children while their teeth are forming (up to the age of eight years). The tooth staining results in teeth that are yellow/brown/gray in color. In addition, problems with bone growth have been observed when a similar antibiotic (tetracycline) was given to premature infants. In theory, a nursing infant could be exposed to enough medication during breastfeeding to cause these problems.
However, the amount of Dynacin found in breast milk is relatively low. In addition, the calcium found in breast milk is thought to bind to Dynacin, preventing it from being absorbed into the infant's body (this is the reason Dynacin should not be taken with calcium-containing products). Therefore, it is thought that short-term use is unlikely to cause problems.
However, because of the potential risks, long-term use (such as for the treatment of acne or certain infections) should probably be avoided. Long-term use may increase an infant's exposure to Dynacin, theoretically increasing the risk for problems.
Dynacin may also cause diarrhea, thrush, or diaper rash if used during breastfeeding. If your healthcare recommends Dynacin while you are breastfeeding, watch for these potential problems in your nursing infant.
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