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What is a safe drug to take for depression while you are breastfeeding?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Discuss SSRI's: Safe is a relative term. Every medication has potential side effects. Recommend that you talk to your child's pediatrician about possible use of an ssri medication. I believe that the pediatrician should always be part of the team approach when the mother is breastfeeding.
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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 46 years experience
Recent study report: Wisner & scalea report sertraline, paroxetine, nortriptyline & Imipramine as the most evidence-based medications for use during breastfeeding: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2902256/ must weigh risks/benefits on mother & infant of med vs no med, breatfeeding, etc, with physician. Therapy may reduce depression & its impact on mother & infant. Employ measures for gneral health.
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Last updated Sep 4, 2017

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