Women who are breastfeeding should talk to their healthcare provider before using Cutivate (topical fluticasone propionate). Although it is unknown if the medicine passes through breast milk, this topical skin medicine is not expected to pass through breast milk in large amounts to a nursing baby. Even so, you should still try to avoid applying it on or near the nipple, if possible.
Can Breastfeeding Women Use Cutivate?
Cutivate® (topical fluticasone propionate) is a prescription skin medication. At this time, it is unknown if Cutivate passes through breast milk in humans. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using this drug.
More Information on Cutivate and Breastfeeding
No research has been done to see if Cutivate passes through breast milk. However, other similar steroids are known to pass through breast milk. Fortunately, even when steroids are taken by mouth or by injection, only a small amount passes through breast milk. This implies that topical use of steroids, which are applied directly on the skin, would probably result in very tiny amounts (if any) passing through breast milk, although this is not known for sure.
Direct skin-to-skin contact with areas where the medicine has been applied should be avoided to prevent exposing the baby to the medication by skin transfer. Also, avoid applying it near or on the nipple; if this is not possible, make sure to completely remove the medicine before nursing your baby.
Because Cutivate is usually effective for quickly relieving skin inflammation, some mothers may wonder if they could use it on a diaper rash. Cutivate is not approved for treating diaper rash and is specifically not recommended for use in the diaper area. Young children are more likely to absorb a dangerously high amount of the medication, especially when it is applied to broken skin (like a diaper rash) and particularly when the area is covered, such as by a diaper.
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