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Can I use Pylera if I am breastfeeding?

Pylera, a prescription drug therapy used to treat peptic ulcers, is not recommended for women while they are breastfeeding. The antibiotic ingredients in Pylera, metronidazole and tetracycline, are known to pass into breast milk. Animal studies suggest that metronidazole might cause tumors in nursing infants; tetracycline can cause damage to a baby's developing teeth.

If you develop a peptic ulcer while breastfeeding, you and your doctor should decide together whether to discontinue breastfeeding or hold off on taking Pylera. You may also be able to feed your baby formula during your Pylera treatment and for 24 hours afterward (pumping and discarding your breast milk during this time), and resume breastfeeding once the antibiotics are out of your system.

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