Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sue | 2012/11/01


Did I damage/poison breastfed baby with Stilpane tablets?

The GP gave me Stilpane tablets for tonsillitis pain. I had 2 last night. I saw package insert this morning that said it is contraindicated in lactation, and I stopped taking it. Could I have harmed my 9 month old breastfed baby, especially her brain?

Expert's Reply



You will not cause your baby any harm by breastfeeding her after you took only 2 Stilpane tablets. Only a very small amount of the Stilpane contents will enter your breast milk. Stilpane contains codeine among other ingredients. I am sure that you will not take Stilpane again while you are breastfeeding.

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Posted by: Roxanne | 2014/02/26

So angry! I have been taking stillpane in hospital and 2 every 6 hours since I have been home! Suggested to me by obstetrician and the nurses?!?!

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Posted by: Phumi | 2014/07/25

Same here, but we can only hope for the best and stop taking them

Posted by: Sumaya | 2013/09/17

I dont advice any1 to take stilpane,now even my marriage is being affected,i wake up and only w8t 4 the pharmacy to open to get it i take 20 a day i have even lost my appetite,i was a size 34 now i wear size 28

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2013/09/17

Stilpane is s5 most ppl take it to get high,i normally nvr take any pills,i had a migraine 4 5days and a girl gave me 2 green pills after that,i am now addicted to stilpane i get aggressive mood swings i get restless aggitated headaches vomiting if i dont get it it is very addictive if u are not careful now i dont know what 2 take to get off this stilpane help

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Posted by: Racoon | 2012/11/05

3 healthy boisterous and very intelligent and above all kind boys after numbers of Synap Forte following c-sections. Would not worry at all about 2 Stilpane tabs.

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Posted by: Efr | 2012/11/02

There''s a website called Lactmed, done by the US government that has a database which covers drugs in breastfeeding, although in a bit of detail. Doctors should probably use it You can Google Lactmed to get it. You can search by active ingredient.

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Posted by: Sue | 2012/11/02

I realised was also given this in hospital. And after discharge to take home, with the caesar pain. I''m not having it for the sore throat though. If any damage was done, was done already, I suppose, but won''t tempt fate by going any further.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/11/02

As it would be unethical to test medicines on breastfeeding mothers, pretty much all medication says " contraindicated in lactating mothers"  or something to similar effect.

Many medicines are actually OK to use when breastfeeding. Its best to ask your doctor to check in the book " Medications in Mothers MIlk"  by Thomas Hale, which is the official publication on this topic. Most doctors don''t use this book, but many pharmacists have it and so do all International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC''s) and some La Leche League Leaders. They can read you the relevant portion of the book or scan in it and e-mail it to you. They would need to know the active ingredients of the medicine you wanted to know about.

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Posted by: R | 2012/11/02

I''m feeling very shocked now. After the birth of my baby the hospital gave me Stilpane and told me it''s safe to drink while breastfeeding.

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