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I have been prescribed Colchicine for treatment of my oral lichen planus condition. However, I am still nursing / breastfeeding my one year old child. I am wondering if the medication is safe to consume given that I am still nursing my child?
If not, is there any alternative treatment / medication that I can suggest to my oral medicine specialist?
Also, can I practise “Pump and Dump” if I want to continue nursing and yet continue with the medication? Assuming the dosage frequency is once a day, I will nurse my child in the morning first before I consume Colchicine, then I express my milk and dump them through the day, and only continue nursing my child 6 – 8 hours after the last dosage in the morning. Is this do-able?
I do agree with what Dr Ethan and Dr Jasmine have written about the risk of colchicine in breastfeeding.
For treatment of oral lichen planus, there are many other treatment options available apart from colchicine and you should speak to your doctor and raise your concerns about the use of colchicine while you are breast-feeding and explore if alternative options are available for you.
Dr Colin Theng