Last update May 21, 2021
Certain bromide oxides or salts have central nervous system depressant properties and have been used, especially potassium bromide, as sedatives and antiepileptics until well into the 20th century. Along with other compounds, they also appear in cough preparations.
They have been replaced by safer and more effective drugs and their marketing has been suspended in most countries of the world and relegated to veterinary use.
They are also used in the photography industry.
They are excreted in human milk in amounts that may be significant, and rashes, weakness, hypotonia and drowsiness have been observed in infants whose mothers took this medication (Reisner 1983, Van der Bogert 1921: in Hale 2021).
Known safer alternatives during lactation are preferable, especially during the neonatal period and in the case of prematurity.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine - 2006 of United States of America
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