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Access Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) with Your Mobile Device!

LactMed @ NIHNeed to know more about drugs and breastfeeding? LactMed, part of the National Library of Medicine’s Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET), is a database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Suggested therapeutic alternatives are provided to those drugs where appropriate. All data are derived from the scientific literature and fully referenced. Data are organized into substance-specific records, which provide a summary of the pertinent reported information.

LactMed is available online at http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT and is now available on your mobile device! The free LactMed App for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android can be downloaded at http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/help/lactmedapp.htm.

For an introduction on accessing drug information on LactMed, MedlinePlus, and PubMed, you can view our recording of Midday at the Oasis: Not the Oscars, but MedlinePlus!

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