Last update March 11, 2022

Infliximab

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

IgG1 monoclonal-antibody against tumor necrosis alpha factor (TNFα) which is used to treat autoimmune diseases such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. Intravenous administration, initial dose, at 2 and 6 weeks and every 8 weeks

Its pharmacokinetic data (very high molecular weight and high binding to plasma proteins) explain the excretion in breast milk in undetectable amount (Mahadevan 2005, Vasiliauskas 2006, Stengel 2008, Kane 2009) or clinically non-significant. (Matro 2018, Glosen 2014, Fritzsche 2012, Ben-Horn 2011) 

Plasma levels of infants breastfed by mothers who were treated with Infliximab have resulted to be undetectable or very low. (Vasiliauskas 2006, Kane 2009, Fritzsche 2012, Steenholdt 2012)

Neither short nor long-term adverse effects on development, immunological response and/or infection rate, nor altered response to vaccination of infants whose mothers were taking Infliximab have been observed. (Mahadevan 2005, Vasiliauskas 2006, Stengel 2008, Kane 2009, Tursi 2010, Puig 2010, Correia 2010 , Fritzsche 2012, Steenholdt 2012)

Because it lacks of oral bioavailability, seems difficult any pass to the infant’s plasma through the ingested breastmilk (Amin 2018, Bae 2012), except on premature infants and immediate neonatal period, in which there may be an increased intestinal permeability.

Numerous experts and scientific societies of Rheumatology, Gastroenterology and Dermatology consider it to be a very low risk drug, and therefore, compatible while breastfeeding. (Sammaritano 2020, Mahadevan 2019 y 2015, Anderson 2019, Picardo 2019, Matro 2018, Amin 2018, Briggs 2017, Nguyen 2016, Flint 2016, Gotestam 2016, van der Houde 2015, Nielsen 2014, Hyrich 2014, Mahadevan 2011)

Some agencies recommend against administering live vaccines to infants while the mother is receiving infliximab unless the infant's serum levels of infliximab are undetectable. (AEMPS 2022)


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Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Infliximab since it is relatively safe.

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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Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. ≈ 0 %
Molecular weight 144.190 daltons
Protein Binding 97 %
192 - 228 hours
M/P ratio 0.003 -
Theoretical Dose 0 mg/Kg/d
Relative Dose 0 %
Ped.Relat.Dose 0 %

References

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  2. Sammaritano LR, Bermas BL, Chakravarty EE, Chambers C, Clowse MEB, Lockshin MD, Marder W, Guyatt G, Branch DW, Buyon J, Christopher-Stine L, Crow-Hercher R, Cush J, Druzin M, Kavanaugh A, Laskin CA, Plante L, Salmon J, Simard J, Somers EC, Steen V, Tedeschi SK, et al. 2020 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Management of Reproductive Health in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2020 Apr;72(4):529-556. Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  3. Mahadevan U, Robinson C, Bernasko N, Boland B, Chambers C, Dubinsky M, Friedman S, Kane S, Manthey J, Sauberan J, Stone J, Jain R. Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Pregnancy Clinical Care Pathway: A Report From the American Gastroenterological Association IBD Parenthood Project Working Group. Gastroenterology. 2019 Apr;156(5):1508-1524. Abstract
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  60. Vasiliauskas EA, Church JA, Silverman N, Barry M, Targan SR, Dubinsky MC. Case report: evidence for transplacental transfer of maternally administered infliximab to the newborn. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2006 Abstract
  61. Tursi A. Effect of intentional infliximab use throughout pregnancy in inducing and maintaining remission in Crohn's disease. Dig Liver Dis. 2006 Abstract
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