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is it safe to take zanax while still breastfeeding my 15 month old?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Possibly unsafe: Xanax (alprazolam) during lactation may affect your breast milk and infant. Please discuss the risks vs benefits with the prescribing physician. It would be wise to consider alternatives.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Moderately safe if !: This family of meds is well known for development of both dependance and withdrawal symptoms when stopped. That said, Xanax (alprazolam) with its shorter half life is considered moderately safe if:used briefly @ low dose & after the 1st week of life. Monitoring for sedation is suggested.There is ^ toxicity with bcp, depressants & cimethadine.See:hale, t.Medications&mothers' milk, 10ed 2010, pp51-53.
Dr. Richard Auerbach
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Not recommended!: Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine, a sedative, and is excreted in the breast milk. Breast feeding medicine is not an exact science. A nursing mother should not take certain medication, including sedatives, regularly. Excessive sleepiness, poor feeding, and respiratory depression are significant effects. After one xanax, (alprazolam) pumping and dumping is probably not necessary. But i would advise against its use.

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