Last update Oct. 6, 2023

Pyrethrin

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Pyrethrum extract is a chrysanthemum flower extract used as an insecticide and to treat pediculosis (head, pubic and body lice). They contain a mixture of chrysanthemic acid and pyrethric acid esters (pyrethrins I and II). Topical application,

Due to massive use as an agricultural insecticide and for malaria control, pyrethrins and pyrethroid insecticides can be detected in breast milk although in very low concentration. (Bouwman 2009, Zehringer 2001)

Absorption through the skin is negligible and is considered safe during breastfeeding. (Butler 2014)

Do not apply to the breast or clean thoroughly before feeding. Wear hair short or tied back so that the infant cannot suck on it.


See below the information of this related product:

  • Permethrin ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)

Alternatives

  • Ivermectin ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Permethrin ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)

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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Pyrethrin belongs to this group or family:

Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Pyrethrin in its composition:

  • Banlice™. Contains other elements than Pyrethrin in its composition
  • Blue™. Contains other elements than Pyrethrin in its composition
  • Fortefog™. Contains other elements than Pyrethrin in its composition
  • Goldgeist™. Contains other elements than Pyrethrin in its composition
  • Lice MD™. Contains other elements than Pyrethrin in its composition
  • Licealiz
  • Licide™. Contains other elements than Pyrethrin in its composition
  • Milice™. Contains other elements than Pyrethrin in its composition
  • Prevent™. Contains other elements than Pyrethrin in its composition
  • Pronto™. Contains other elements than Pyrethrin in its composition
  • R & C™. Contains other elements than Pyrethrin in its composition
  • RID™. Contains other elements than Pyrethrin in its composition
  • SH3
  • Sinezan™. Contains other elements than Pyrethrin in its composition

References

  1. Butler DC, Heller MM, Murase JE. Safety of dermatologic medications in pregnancy and lactation: Part II. Lactation. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Mar;70(3):417.e1-10; quiz 427. Abstract
  2. Bouwman H, Kylin H. Malaria control insecticide residues in breast milk: the need to consider infant health risks. Environ Health Perspect. 2009 Oct;117(10):1477-80. Abstract
  3. MSC - Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo de España. ORDEN SCO/190/2004, de 28 de enero, por la que se establece la lista de plantas cuya venta al público queda prohibida o restringida por razón de su toxicidad. BOE 2004; 32:5061-6065 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Zehringer M, Herrmann A. Analysis of polychlorinated biphenyls, pyrethroid insecticides and fragrances in human milk using a laminar cup liner in the GC injector. Eur Food Res Technol 2001;212:247-51. Abstract

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