Last update: Oct. 15, 2014

Melarsoprol

Very High Risk for breastfeeding


Very unsafe. Contraindicated.
Use of an alternative or cessation of breastfeeding.

Used in the treatment of African Trypanosomiasis (T.Gambiense, Sleeping Disease). It contains arsenic. It is very toxic and adverse reactions are frequent and severe. It is reserved for treatment of advanced disease. In such a case, nursing is unlikely. Alternative drugs are not effective.

The pharmaceutical industry is responsible for not having developed a more effective and less toxic drug to treat such a disease that kills thousands of people every year just because they are poor and do not represent an opportunity to increase business profit.

Alternatives

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

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Group

Melarsoprol belongs to this group or family:

Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. Baja - Low %
Molecular weight 398 daltons

References

  1. Pérez JL, Carranza C, Mateos F. Antiparasitarios. Revisión de los fármacos útiles en el tratamiento de parasitosis clásicas y emergentes. \ [Antiparasitic drugs. Review of the useful drugs in the treatment of classic and emergent parasitic diseases]. Rev Esp Quimioter. 2009 Jun;22(2):93-105. Review. Spanish. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. WHO / UNICEF. BREASTFEEDING AND MATERNAL MEDICATION Recommendations for Drugs in the Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs. Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (WHO/UNICEF) 2002 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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