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Low Risk for breastfeeding

Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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Inhaled bronchodilator drugs are preferred because of a lower secretion into breast milk.


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Fenoterol belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Fenoterol in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 2 %
Molecular weight 303 daltons
VD 49 - 85 l/Kg
Tmax 2 hours
T1/2 7,5 hours


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