It is not known if Finacea (azelaic acid gel) passes through breast milk. Although no research has been done on this topic, it is believed that very little of the drug would be passed through breast milk because only a small amount is absorbed through the skin. However, before using Finacea, breastfeeding women should still discuss potential risks with their healthcare provider.
Is Finacea Safe to Use While Breastfeeding?
At this time, it is unknown if Finacea® (azelaic acid gel) passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, you should talk with your healthcare provider before using this rosacea medication.
More Information on Breastfeeding and Finacea
No research has been done to see if Finacea passes through breast milk. However, with normal use, only a small amount of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream. Therefore, very little -- if any -- would likely be passed through breast milk.
Applying Finacea on the skin does not appear to increase the blood levels of azelaic acid (the drug's active ingredient) beyond the normal range. It is normal to find azelaic acid in the blood, as this compound is found naturally in wheat, barley, and rye.
However, potential problems cannot yet be ruled out. As with most skin medications, it is best to avoid applying Finacea to the breast or nipple where an infant might be directly exposed to the drug.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should discuss breastfeeding and Finacea use with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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