Diphenoxylate

Drug Levels and Effects:




Summary of Use during Lactation:


No data exist on the use of diphenoxylate during breastfeeding. One expert panel considers diphenoxylate to be unacceptable during breastfeeding.[1] Based on its chemical and pharmacological similarity to narcotics, occasional small doses of diphenoxylate may be acceptable while breastfeeding an older infant, but alternatives are preferred, especially while nursing a newborn.


Drug Levels:


Maternal Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Effects in Breastfed Infants:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Possible Effects on Lactation:


Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


Alternate Drugs to Consider:


Loperamide


References:


1. Lewis JH, Weingold AB and the Committee of FDA-Related Matters, American College of Gastroenterology. The use of gastrointestinal drugs during pregnancy and lactation. Am J Gastroenterol. 1985;80:912-23. PMID:2864852



Substance Identification:




Substance Name:

Diphenoxylate

CAS Registry Number:

915-30-0

Drug Class:


  • Antidiarrheals

  • Gastrointestinal Agents

  • Narcotics


  • Administrative Information:




    LactMed Record Number:


    455


    Last Revision Date:


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