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Bromfenac and Breastfeeding

Although studies have not been done on whether it would be dangerous to use bromfenac while breastfeeding, the manufacturers of the drug recommend that women use these eye drops with caution while nursing. This prescription drug is associated with potentially serious risks, and it is uncertain whether bromfenac would pass through breast milk or harm a nursing infant.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Bromfenac?

Bromfenac ophthalmic solution (Bromday®, Prolensa™, Xibrom®) is a topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to reduce pain and swelling after cataract surgery. The manufacturers of bromfenac recommend that it should be used cautiously in breastfeeding women. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child or are thinking about it, talk with your healthcare provider before using this drug.

More Information on Bromfenac and Breastfeeding

There are no studies looking at using bromfenac in nursing women. Therefore, it is not entirely known whether the drug passes through breast milk, or if it would harm a nursing child.
Bromfenac comes in the form of an eye drop and is applied directly to the eye.  When used as directed, very little (if any) of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream. Therefore, it would be unlikely that bromfenac would pass through breast milk.
In addition, many experts consider other NSAIDs safe for use during breastfeeding, even when they are taken by mouth. For these reasons, bromfenac is likely safe for use during breastfeeding. However, until more research is done, all potential problems cannot be completely ruled out.
If your healthcare provider recommends using bromfenac while nursing, watch your child for any potential NSAID side effects. Signs of such side effects could include but are not limited to:
  • Unexplained crying
  • Reduced appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness.
If your child has any of these symptoms, or if you notice anything else that concerns you or seems out of the ordinary, make sure to let your child's healthcare provider know.
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