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Solodyn and Breastfeeding

In general, women who are breastfeeding should avoid Solodyn (minocycline). The drug passes through breast milk, and while this might not cause problems in the short term, prolonged use could lead to problems in an infant, including tooth discoloration, diarrhea, and thrush. It is best to choose one over the other: either breastfeed your infant or use Solodyn.

Can I Use Solodyn While Breastfeeding?

Solodyn® (minocycline hydrochloride) is a prescription antibiotic approved to treat the red, inflamed, pus-filled bumps and pimples associated with moderate-to-severe acne. It belongs to the tetracycline class of antibiotics.
Solodyn passes through breast milk. Although short-term use of the medication is generally thought to be safe during breastfeeding, the risk of serious problems from prolonged use cannot be ruled out.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Solodyn

When given to children younger than eight years of age, Solodyn can cause permanent tooth staining, resulting in yellow-gray-brown teeth. In addition, problems with bone growth were 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.
The short-term use of Solodyn is unlikely to be harmful, however. This is because the amount of Solodyn found in breast milk is low. In addition, the calcium in breast milk is thought to bind to the drug, limiting the amount absorbed from the infant's digestive tract (this is the reason why Solodyn should not be taken with calcium-containing products).
Long-term use would increase an infant's exposure, however, theoretically increasing the risk for problems. Solodyn is generally used for 12 weeks to treat acne. Because of the potential risk to a breastfeeding infant with its use, the manufacturer recommends women choose to breastfeed or take Solodyn, but not do both.
In addition to the possible effects on tooth color, Solodyn may cause diarrhea, thrush, or diaper rash in a nursing infant. Therefore, if your healthcare provider recommends Solodyn while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for these possible symptoms in your nursing child.
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