Safe Medications Breastfeeding

Generic Name Used for  
Accutane For severe acne  

Acetaminophen

 For pain relief   
Acyclovir and Valacyclovir Antiviral for herpes infections  
Ambien For difficulty sleeping and insomnia  
Antacids Used to treat upset stomachs  
Bupivacaine A local anesthetic  
Caffeine Stimulant  
Celexa (Citalopram) For depression, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions  
Cephalosporins Antibiotics for lung, ear, skin, urinary tract, throat, and bone infections  
Clomiphene (Clomid) Promotes ovulation  
Clotrimazole Used to treat yeast and fungal infections  
Contraceptives (progestin-only)

Used for birth control  
Corticosteroids Used to treat inflammation of joints and other conditions  
Decongestant nasal sprays Used to treat stuffy noses   
Digoxin Used to treat heart problems  

Erythromycin

Used for skin and respiratory infections  
Fexofenadine Antihistamine for allergies and hayfever  
Fluconazole Used to treat yeast infections  
Heparin and LMW heparins Used to keep blood from clotting  
Ibuprofen Used for pain relief   

Inhalers, bronchodilators, and corticosteroids

Used for asthma  
Insulin

For diabetes; dosage required may drop up to 25 percent during lactation  
Laxatives, bulk-forming, and stool-softening  Used to treat constipation  
Lexapro (Escitalopram) Anti-depressant (SSRI)  
Lidocaine

A local anesthetic

 
Lithium For manic depression and bipolar disorder  
Loratadine Antihistamine for allergies and hay fever  
Low molecular weight heparins (enoxaparin, dalteparin, tinzaparin) Anticoagulants  
Magnesium sulfate Used to treat preeclampsia and eclampsia  
Methyldopa Used to treat high blood pressure  
Methylergonovine (short courses) Used to prevent or control bleeding after childbirth  
Metformin For type 2 or adult-onset diabetes  
Metoprolol A beta-blocker used to treat high blood pressure  
Miconazole Used to treat yeast infections  
Nifedipine Used for high blood pressure and Raynaud's syndrome of the nipple  
Penicillin Used to treat bacterial infections  
Propranolol A beta blocker used to treat heart problems, and high blood pressure  
Theophylline Used to treat asthma and bronchitis  
Tretinoin Cream for acne  
Thyroid replacement Medication to treat thyroid problems  
Vaccines (except smallpox and yellow fever) Improve immunity to/prevent a particular disease  
Vancomycin Antibiotic  
Verapamil High blood pressure medicine  
Warfarin Prevents blood clots