Azmacort and Breastfeeding

Because no studies have been done on Azmacort and breastfeeding, it is not known whether the drug passes through breast milk. However, it is believed that the medication is probably safe to use while breastfeeding. This is because very low levels of Azmacort enter the bloodstream during inhalation, which means it is unlikely that the drug would be passed through breast milk in high enough levels to cause problems in the nursing infant.

Azmacort and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Azmacort® (triamcinolone inhaler) is a prescription medication used to treat asthma. It is part of a group of medications called corticosteroids.
It is not known if triamcinolone (the active ingredient of Azmacort) passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer of Azmacort recommends that women use caution when taking Azmacort while breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
As of December 2009, the manufacturer of Azmacort decided to stop making the drug in order to comply with regulations concerning chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals that may deplete the ozone layer. Had Azmacort been a more popular drug, the manufacturer probably would have chosen to reformulate it without CFCs, instead of just discontinuing it. Any unexpired Azmacort inhalers still in pharmacies may be dispensed until December 31, 2010, after which they can no longer be sold in the United States.

Azmacort and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

Although no research has been done to see if triamcinolone passes through breast milk, it is known that other corticosteroids pass through breast milk. Because blood levels of inhaled triamcinolone (the active ingredient of Azmacort) are usually very low, it is unlikely that triamcinolone would be passed through breast milk at high enough levels to cause problems. It is generally thought that Azmacort is probably safe for many women who are breastfeeding. If your healthcare provider recommends taking Azmacort while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
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