Last update Aug. 23, 2021
Very Low Risk
Short-acting barbiturate used in the induction and maintenance of anesthesia, in the acute treatment of epileptic seizures and to reduce the increase in intracranial pressure.
It is excreted in breast milk in a clinically non-significant amount (Esener 1992, Andersen 1987).
No problems have been observed in infants of mothers treated with this drug (Lee 1993, Andersen 1987).
The urinary thiopental levels of these infants was very low (Morgan 1982).
The mother can breastfeed again as soon as she awakens from anesthesia, is alert and fit and able to hold her baby (Lactmed, Schaefer 2015 p666, Lee 1993).
Several experts consider the occasional use of this medication safe during breastfeeding (Hale, Schaefer 2015 p665, Howie 2006).
American Academy of Pediatrics: Medication Usually Compatible with Breastfeeding (AAP 2001).
WHO Essential Medicines List: compatible with breastfeeding (WHO 2002).
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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