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Cipro HC and Breastfeeding

No studies have been conducted on Cipro HC and breastfeeding. However, problems are not expected. Given how the medication is applied, it is not likely that any would reach the bloodstream and, from there, a woman's breast milk. The matter should still be discussed with your healthcare provider, since one of the active ingredients has caused problems when taken by mouth.

Can Breastfeeding Women Use Cipro HC?

Cipro® HC (ciprofloxacin/hydrocortisone) is a prescription ear drop used to treat an outer ear infection, known medically as otitis externa. It contains a combination of ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic, and hydrocortisone, a corticosteroid medication.
Although very little, if any, Cipro HC is absorbed into the body from the ear, at this time it is unknown if the medication passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child or plan to start, you should talk with your healthcare provider about using Cipro HC.

More Information on Cipro HC and Breastfeeding

No research has been done to see if Cipro HC passes through breast milk. However, one of the active ingredients in this medication, ciprofloxacin, is known to pass through breast milk in small amounts when taken by mouth. Because ciprofloxacin can cause serious joint and muscle problems in infants and children, concerns exist about these effects if ciprofloxacin is passed through breast milk.
It is unknown if the other active ingredient, hydrocortisone, passes through breast milk. However, it is not believed to pose a risk to a nursing infant when used topically, especially if the infant does not come in direct contact with the medication.
Because Cipro HC is an ear drop, very little of the drug is expected to reach the bloodstream after normal use. Therefore, it is unlikely that any would reach the breast milk to be passed to a nursing infant. However, because Cipro HC has never been studied in breastfeeding women, potential problems cannot yet be ruled out.
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