Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Usula | 2010-03-03

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Arcoxia and breastfeeding

I have been prescribed ARCOXIA (Etoricoxib) 90 mg daily for an ankle injury. I am to take it for 2 -4 weeks depending on the improvement to the injury. I am still breastfeeding my son who is 18 months old. Is it safe for me to take this medicine? Thank you.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You should definitely avoid breast feeding your son while you are taking Etoricoxib.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-03-04

Speak to both your pharmacist and doctor about other meds you could take that are safe while breastfeeding.

I found that doctors just assume that once your baby is six months old that you have stopped breastfeeding.
I breastfed till my baby was 2 and a half, so although I would tell the dr before anything was prescribed, I always checked with the pharmacist too just in case.

I''d sugest you ask the pharmacist what alternatives are safe to take and then phone your doctor and ask for one of these alternatives to be prescribed.

Even if you want to use this as an opportunity to wean, weaning cold turky will be emotionally difficult on you and baby, and your breasts will get engorged and painful.

If there are no alternatives to the meds, you can express your feeds and as horrrendous as this sounds, throw the milk out. You can give your child cows milk in this time, but give extra vitamin supplementation. Your toddler will latch on again quite happily after two weeks, and if you are expressing, you will maintain some supply. Being a toddler, she will have your supply up to her usual needs very quickly when you start again.

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