Last update June 10, 2018
Very Low Risk
A sapogenin obtained from the roots of the ruscus aculeatus shrub. Used topically to treat hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk.
The small dose and low plasma absorption of most topical dermatological preparations make it unlikely that a significant amount will transfer into breastmilk.
Some cases of contact dermatitis have been detected after the topical use of antihemorrhoidal ointments that included ruscogenin in their composition (Gonzalo-Garijo MA et al 2009, Cordoba et al 2009, Ramírez-Hernández M. et al 2006).
For the sake of prudence and to avoid contact with the baby’s skin, it is recommended that you wash your hands well after applying the cream.
We do not have alternatives for Ruscogenin since it is relatively safe.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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