Last update Aug. 23, 2021


Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Technique that consists on passing a weak, galvanic electrical current through the skin, either to act directly or to favor the transcutaneous penetration of certain drugs in topical form such as lidocaine and other anesthetics, corticosteroids and other anti-inflammatory drugs. Sessions of 10 to 20 minutes are carried out.
It is used to treat chronic joint pain and sweating.

At the date of the last update, no published data was available on its use during breastfeeding.

Neither the passage of a low intensity electrical current in an area of the body nor the dermal penetration of drugs can alter the composition or production of breast milk.

It has been used successfully to alleviate the pain of certain procedures in Pediatrics (Rose 2002).

Although skin irritations, burns and electric shock have been reported, side effects are rare and not serious (N.a.l. 2010).

It may be wise not to apply iontophoresis to the breast area.

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.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

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  1. MedlinePlus. Iontophoresis. Trusted Health information for you. 2019 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. MedlinePlus. Iontoforesis. Información de salud para usted. 2019 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  3. [No authors listed] Reducing the risk of burns and shocks during lontophoresis. Health Devices. 2010 Mar;39(3):98-9. Abstract
  4. Rose JB, Galinkin JL, Jantzen EC, Chiavacci RM. A study of lidocaine iontophoresis for pediatric venipuncture. Anesth Analg. 2002 Apr;94(4):867-71, table of contents. Abstract

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