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    What are your thoughts on taking Isoniazid while breastfeeding your 12 month old baby?

    I guess I should start with earlier in the week I got a positive TB test...So the nurse wanted to start me on medication that is called Isoniazid for 9 months...It's news that I got all of a sudden and I've been exclusively breastfeeding my daughter since she was a baby...I've been trying to wean with no success...But finding out that I might have to take medication for 9 months to kill the bacteria kinda saddens me cause the nurse told me to completely stop breastfeeding. I don't think I'm ready to stop breastfeeding but if I have to then I will because I dont want the medication to effect my daughter. I've been trying to look up studies or other peoples opinions on this issue with no success..So hopefully I will find some answers on this forum. TIA

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    Call the people at Infantrisk. (Google it--I can't link it here at school.) They have the most up-to-date information on medication safety with breastfeeding. Doctors/nurses/pharmacists tend to be very conservative (or uninformed). Hopefully they will give you more positive news. Let us know what you find out.
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    Call Infant Risk. Was your baby tested as well? If she tested positive, what would she take? Often it's the same medication they plan to give to mom.
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    Hi everyone! Thank you sssooooo much for replying! You guys don't know how much I appreciate that you guys took the time to help me find more information! I will definitely let you guys know what I find out.

    I did see my pediatrician today and I told her that I tested positive for TB and I'm waiting for my x-rays to come back to see if its negative or positive...I hope it comes back negative...cause I just started nursing school and I won't be able to go to clinicals unless its negative... It didn't seem like my pediatrician was concerned tho..I don't know...just didn't get that good vibe you know...I just moved into the area so I picked the first pediatrician that was close by...bad choice...They gave my son a TB test today because I asked them to do it...I wonder why the pediatrician didn't suggest to have my baby one also? It slipped my mind to even ask her to get my daughters done also. What shocked me was when the pediatrician told me you know you don't have to take the medication because I did it...I was like whoaaa.....She is from a different country and she said they always test positive and they gave me medication but I just threw it away...I can't believe she even told me that!!! I'm definitely not going back there!!

    I will let you guys know what happened with my results! I'm in the process of looking for another pediatrician so I can get her tested or I might just go to a clinic and get her tested so I can know the results already

    Thank you...you wonderful ladies for taking the time to even read my question! It really means the world to me that people like you want to help me! Thank goodness for this forum!

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    Oh, good luck! I hope it turns out to be a false alarm.

    If you do need to take the medication, definitely call InfantRisk. I checked Isoniazid in Hale's Medications and Mothers' Milk, and it sounds like how safe it is depends quite a bit on the dosage and timing. The folks at InfantRisk can help you figure out how to minimize your daughter's exposure to the medication.

    I'll email you the Hale entry.
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    A positive TB skin test does not indicate TB. I have a positive TB test as I was exposed at some point in childhood. So now I have to get a chest x-ray every year. Also, it isn't incredibly easy for TB to spread from person to person.

    Hang in there and wait for the results of the chest x-ray. My CXR was negative, and I was never given antibiotics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*Leslie View Post
    A positive TB skin test does not indicate TB. I have a positive TB test as I was exposed at some point in childhood. So now I have to get a chest x-ray every year. Also, it isn't incredibly easy for TB to spread from person to person.

    Hang in there and wait for the results of the chest x-ray. My CXR was negative, and I was never given antibiotics.
    Was your positive test a bood test or a skin test? I got a positive TB skin test a couple months ago when I was tested when I got pregnant. Also likely due to suspected childhood exposure. (But I was never sick.) But, weirdly, I had not had a positive skin test in years! I was like, huh? They just had me take a blood test and that was negative.

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    Mine was a positive Mantoux skin test. When it swelled up and showed positive, the doc reminded me that all that means is that I've been exposed to TB and developed antibodies to it. I get a CXR once a year now, for nursing school and later for employment, and unless for some reason I actually develop active TB, I won't have to take any medication.
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