Zovirax Ointment and Breastfeeding

Studies on Zovirax ointment and breastfeeding have shown that the active ingredient passes through breast milk. However, it is unlikely that it would cause problems during breastfeeding, because only a small amount is absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. Because everyone's situation is different, talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking Zovirax ointment and breastfeeding, and watch for changes or side effects in your infant.

An Overview of Zovirax Ointment and Breastfeeding

It is unlikely that Zovirax® ointment (acyclovir ointment) passes through breast milk. However, there are a few precautions with regards to the medication that are important for women who are breastfeeding.
 

Zovirax Ointment and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

In studies, acyclovir (the active ingredient of Zovirax ointment) was shown to pass through breast milk in women. However, these studies used acyclovir that was taken by mouth or IV. When using Zovirax ointment, very little acyclovir is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, meaning that it is unlikely that Zovirax ointment would cause any problems during breastfeeding. Many healthcare providers consider it to be safe for most women who are nursing. However, if your healthcare provider recommends Zovirax ointment while breastfeeding, you should still watch for any side effects in your child.
 
You may want to consider stopping breastfeeding if your herpes lesions are near or on your breasts, because the infection (and the Zovirax intment) could be spread to your infant.
 

Zovirax Ointment and Breastfeeding: Final Thoughts

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Zovirax ointment and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Zovirax ointment that is right for you.
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