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    Can be Favipiravir used in lactating mother?
    Thank you very much for your suggestion.

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    Lactation Clinic:

    We simply don't know much at all about this antiviral drug. Its not used in the USA. Has a 2 hour half life, and is well absorbed orally. It is Teratogenic during pregnancy.
    Since this damages DNA during synthesis and a lot of this is going on in a newborn, I'd worry about using this drug in a breastfed infant.

    Tom Hale Ph.D.

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    • #3
      Dear Dr.Hale,

      Thank you so much for your valuable suggestion.

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      • #4
        Dear Dr.Hale,

        As you kindly provided the half-life of Favipiravir as 2 hours, please suggest breastfeeding management for the case who receives Favipiravir as the treatment. How long the mothers can resume breastfeeding?
        Thank you so much.

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        • #5
          Lactation Clinic, I expect withholding breastfeeding for 24 hours after the last dose to have a good margin of safety.

          Kaytlin Krutsch, PharmD

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          • #6
            Dear Dr.Krutsch,
            Thank you so much for your kind suggestion.

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