Last update: July 30, 2019

C22 H24 ClN5 O2

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Safe. Compatible.
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Drug which has been approved to be used for vomiting relief and as prokinetic medication in many countries. Usually prescribed to infants with gastroesophageal reflux disease.

At usual adult dose (10 mg every 8 hours 2 - 6 weeks) may increase breast milk production by stimulating Prolactin release but it does not appear in significant concentration in the milk. It does not go across the blood brain barrier (lack of neurological effect). Because of these considerations Domperidone is a more appropriate drug as galactagogue.

The best way to increase milk production would be a frequent and breastfeeding on demand together with an appropriate nursing technique.

Domperidone should not be used without medical supervision. It has been related to increase risk of heart rhythm disorders (e.g. severe ventricular arrhythmia) in patients older than 60 years at a dose higher than 30 mg a-day who had other cardiac conditions (e.g. prolonged-QT) and when addtional medication that prolongs the QT interval was administered.

American Academy of Pediatrics: medication usually compatible with breastfeeding (AAP 2001).


We do not have alternatives for C22 H24 ClN5 O2 since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

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Other names

C22 H24 ClN5 O2 is Domperidone in Molecular formula.

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Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 15 - 20 %
Molecular weight 426 daltons
Protein Binding 91 - 93 %
VD 6 l/Kg
pKa 7,03 -
Tmax 0,5- 1 hours
T1/2 7 - 9 hours
M/P ratio 0,25 - 0,6 -
Theoretical Dose 0,00004 - 0,001 mg/Kg/d
Relative Dose 0,004 - 0,1 %
Relat.Ped.Dose 0,016 - 0,4 %


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