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Is it safe to take xanax (alprazolam) while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Other option better: There are other medications that are shorter-acting that would be safer. Xanax (alprazolam) can cause babies to be too sleepy or irritable. They can also suffer withdrawal symptoms if the mother has been on it (exposing them) and it is discontinued.
Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Probably ok: Taking a single dose of Xanax (alprazolam) (such as before a medical procedure) usually does not cause any problems, and many healthcare providers recommend that women continue breastfeeding as usual after a single Xanax (alprazolam) dose. Problems are more likely to occur when women take Xanax (alprazolam) on a regular basis because it is transferred into the breastmilk. Xanax (alprazolam) can cause drowsiness and feeding problems in babies.

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Last updated Jan 21, 2018

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