Last update: July 24, 2014

Chlortetracycline

Low Risk for breastfeeding


Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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Although it is secreted into breast milk it has not been detected in infant’s blood because it forms non-absorbable chelate compounds with milk calcium. It is not convenient a long term use (more than 3-4 weeks) since damage on bone growth plates, teeth discoloration, or alteration of intestinal flora may occur. Be aware of the possibility of false negative results of bacterial cultures when the mother is on antibiotics. Withdrawn from the market in Spain.

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Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
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Tradenames

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Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 479 daltons
M/P ratio 0,4 -

References

  1. Mitrano JA, Spooner LM, Belliveau P. Excretion of antimicrobials used to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections during lactation: safety in breastfeeding infants. Pharmacotherapy. 2009 Sep;29(9):1103-9. Abstract
  2. Chin KG, McPherson CE 3rd, Hoffman M, Kuchta A, Mactal-Haaf C. Use of anti-infective agents during lactation: Part 2--Aminoglycosides, macrolides, quinolones, sulfonamides, trimethoprim, tetracyclines, chloramphenicol, clindamycin, and metronidazole. J Hum Lact. 2001 Feb;17(1):54-65. Abstract

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