Last update: Aug. 25, 2019
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.
A semisynthetic, inert and viscoelastic polymer with thickening, bioadhesive and solubility enhancing properties.
It is used as a pharmaceutical coating to modify its intestinal release and prolong its effect.
Used as a lubricant in the form of eye drops.
Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breastmilk.
Since it is a derivative of cellulose, it is not absorbed either in the intestine or as an ophthalmological preparation (AEMPS 2014, MHRA 2009), so it is highly unlikely to appear in breastmilk. Its high molecular weight (Fukasawa 2004) makes its excretion in milk even less likely.
It is an inert product that is not metabolized and is devoid of toxicity, lacking systemic side effects (AEMPS 2014).
We do not have alternatives for Hypromellose since it is relatively safe.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
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