Proquin XR and Breastfeeding

Proquin XR has been shown to pass through breast milk, but it remains to be seen how much of the medication -- if any -- is absorbed by the infant. Theoretically, breastfeeding while taking Proquin XR could be associated with problems in the nursing child. However, the benefits could outweigh the risks. Talk to your doctor to determine if this medication is appropriate in your situation.

Can Women Use Proquin XR While Breastfeeding?

Proquin® XR (ciprofloxacin hydrochloride) is a prescription antibiotic used in the treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs). This medication is known to pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using Proquin XR.

More Information on Breastfeeding and Proquin XR

Proquin XR passes through breast milk in small amounts. However, no studies have been done to determine how much, if any, of the medication is actually absorbed by the nursing child.
Calcium is known to bind to Proquin XR and reduce the amount of medication absorbed by the body. Therefore, theoretically, the calcium in breast milk could bind to Proquin XR in the infant's digestive tract, reducing the amount of medication absorbed into the bloodstream. However, it is not known if this is really the case.
Because Proquin XR is associated with serious joint and muscle problems in infants and children, concerns exist about exposing an infant to Proquin XR through breast milk. Therefore, the drug should probably be avoided in breastfeeding women if possible. In some situations, the benefits of using Proquin XR while breastfeeding may outweigh the possible risks.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Proquin XR 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.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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