Last update Aug. 18, 2021
Very Low Risk
Short-acting benzodiazepine with anxiolytic effect. Used in states of anxiety.
Final active metabolite of diazepam.
Oral administration 3 times a day.
t is excreted in breast milk in insignificant amounts (Dusci 1990, Wretlind 1987).
Plasma levels of oxazepam in the infant were between 10 and 30 times lower than the maternal ones (Dusci 1990).
No problems have been observed in infants of mothers taking it at the normal dose (Kelly 2012, Dusci 1990)..
The occasional use and low doses of benzodiazepines are compatible with breastfeeding (Kelly 2012, Rubin 2004, Iqbal 2002, Hägg 2000, McElhatton 1994, Lee 1993, Kanto 1982).
Choose short-acting benzodiazepines and use the lowest effective dose (Rowe 2013), especially during the neonatal period and in prematurity, as they can accumulate in the infant during chronic use (Sachs 2013).
It is advisable to monitor drowsiness and adequate feeding of the infant.
Bed-sharing with the baby is not recommended if this medicine is being taken due to increased risk of suffocation or sudden infant death (UNICEF 2018, 2017, 2014 and 2013, Landa 2012, ABM 2008, UNICEF 2006).
We do not have alternatives for Oxazepam since it is relatively safe.
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