Last update: March 23, 2018
Very unsafe. Contraindicated.
Use of an alternative or cessation of breastfeeding.
Derived from phenol with laxative properties by direct irritation via contact with the intestinal mucosa.
Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk.
Although intestinal absorption is only 15% (PubChem 2017), it may transfer to breastmilk and may cause diarrhea and other intestinal problems in the infant (PubChem 2017). Carcinogenic in animals and probably carcinogenic (2B) in humans (WHO 2000, EMA 1997).
It has been withdrawn from sale in most countries.
Bulk-forming, osmotic, emollient or lubricant laxatives are safer.
In order to avoid or treat constipation, a balanced diet, rich in fibre, with lots of liquid and sports is fundamental.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
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