LactMed: A New NLM Database on Drugs and Lactation

LactMed, a free online database with information on drugs and lactation,
is one of the newest additions to the National Library of Medicine’s
(NLM) TOXNET system, a Web-based collection of resources covering
toxicology, chemical safety, and environmental health.  Geared to the
healthcare practitioner and nursing mother, LactMed contains over 450
drug records.  It includes information such as maternal levels in breast
milk, infant levels in blood, potential effects in breastfeeding infants
and on lactation itself, the American Academy of Pediatrics category
indicating the level of compatibility of the drug with breastfeeding,
and alternate drugs to consider.  References are included, as is
nomenclature information, such as the drug’s Chemical Abstract Service’s
(CAS) Registry number and its broad drug class.

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