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Epiduo and Breastfeeding

It is not known if Epiduo (adapalene/benzoyl peroxide) passes through breast milk. Although no research has been done on this topic, it is believed that very little of the drug would be passed through breast milk because only a small amount is absorbed through the skin. However, before using Epiduo, breastfeeding women should still discuss potential risks with their healthcare provider.

Can I Use Epiduo While Breastfeeding?

Epiduo® (adapalene/benzoyl peroxide) is a prescription skin medication used to treat acne. At this time, it is unknown if Epiduo passes through human breast milk. If you are breastfeeding a child, please talk with your healthcare provider before using this medication.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Epiduo

No research has been done to see if Epiduo passes through breast milk. However, with normal use, very little of the medication is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. Therefore, very little (if any) would likely be passed through breast milk.
However, potential problems cannot yet be ruled out. As a precaution, it is probably best to avoid applying Epiduo to the breast or nipple, as the infant might be directly exposed to the medication. Also, try to limit direct skin-to-skin contact with areas of the skin where Epiduo has been applied.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Epiduo use with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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