Alrex and Breastfeeding
No studies have been performed on breastfeeding and Alrex, so the full risks of using this drug while nursing are not known. Since the medication is an eye drop, however, very little of it actually reaches the bloodstream (meaning it is unlikely to reach the breast milk). If you are using this medication and breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your infant.
At this time, it is unknown if Alrex® (loteprednol etabonate) is safe to take while breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Alrex. The manufacturer of Alrex recommends that this medication be used cautiously in breastfeeding women.
It is important to understand that Alrex is an eye drop, and little of the medication actually reaches the bloodstream. Based on this information, it is unlikely that a significant amount of the drug would reach the breast milk. However, the possibility of problems cannot be entirely eliminated, since this medication has never been studied in breastfeeding women.
Alrex is a corticosteroid ("steroid"), and other steroids (taken by mouth or injection) have been reported to suppress growth or cause other problems in breastfed infants. If your healthcare provider recommends using this medication while breastfeeding, be sure to watch for any side effects in your child.
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding while taking Alrex. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision that is right for you.