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Doctor insights on: Generic Antidepressants For Breastfeeding Moms

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Is there an antidepressant that is safe to take while breastfeeding and that do not make you gain weight?

Is there an antidepressant that is safe to take while breastfeeding and that do not make you gain weight?

Yes, but some wt. : American journal of psychiatry in june, 2004 this paper included publications through june, 2002, searches of medline, . Current contants, . Results of the pooled analyses indicated that breastfed infants exposed to paroxetine and sertraline were unlikely to develop adverse effects. Sertralline cuase limited weight gain. Other antidepressants were not recommend as celexa. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Can you take an antidepressant while breastfeeding?

Can you take an antidepressant while breastfeeding?

Yes: Discuss the pros and cons with your doctor. It is common to prescribe antidepressants during the post partum phase while breastfeeding. Some medications are safer than others. Definitely worth the discussion! ...Read more

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Should I stop taking my antidepressants while breastfeeding?

Should I stop taking my antidepressants while breastfeeding?

Ask your Dr.: There is no simple answer to this question. Many mothers do take antidepressants while breastfeeding, some antidepressant drugs are thought better than others for breastfeeding. It makes a difference how long you have been on meds, how bad your depression was, and how old and healthy your infant is. Too often drs just say "give a bottle." and this is not the best for the baby and mom. ...Read more

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I am currently breastfeeding and would like to take a natural antidepressant.. Can i take sam-e.? If not ..Any recomendations?

I am currently breastfeeding and would like to take a natural antidepressant.. Can i take sam-e.? If not ..Any recomendations?

Best not: There is a lot of research on antidepressants and breastmilk, but it is not complete. With sam-e, unfortunately there is not much known, so to be safe, you should avoid it. But maternal depression itself is known to be not good for for infants. I would check with a skilled practitioner and list all the safe ones (both naturally occurring and not) and weigh the pros and cons before you decide. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding and antidepressants, is this okay?

Yes: There has been a lot of evidence that it is ok to take antidepressants and breast feed. It is much better to take the medication than to get depressed, which puts you and the baby at risk. ...Read more

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How do antidepressants affect breastfeeding? (supply, side effects)

How do antidepressants affect breastfeeding? (supply, side effects)

Depends: Most if not all antidepressants have not been well studied in lactation let alone pregnancy and are usually category c in pregnancy. In other words, not enough information to give a good answer so probably best not to use unless specifically told to by your doctor. Most warnings say possibly to probably unsafe with some of the other older agents stating possibly safe. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any antidepressants that do not make people under the age 25 feel suicidal & safe while breastfeeding?

Are there any antidepressants that do not make people under the age 25 feel suicidal & safe while breastfeeding?

Yes: Craniosacral therapy and acupuncture can help a lot with depression/ depressive symptoms. And are safe while breastfeeding. You can also try adding omega three fatty acids to your supplements (like fish oil or chia seeds or udos oil) some people experience profound relief...Others do not. ...Read more

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Are there any antidepressants that can be taken while breastfeeding & trying to conceive? Therapist refuses to put me on meds for those reasons alone.

Some better thn othr: There are a variety of antidepressants available and the majority of the common SSRI's fall into category C. This group is not totally cleared for pregnancy but no data shows a significant direct fetal risk. There use in breast feeding is considered relatively safe. Most OB's end up treating many women in your situation and understand the risks. ...Read more

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I am suffering from depression and anxiety. can you suggest some anti depressant or sleeping aid which is safe to take while breastfeeding?

I am suffering from depression and anxiety. can you suggest some anti depressant or sleeping aid which is safe to take while breastfeeding?

Talk to your doctor : In general it is not a good idea to take psychotropic medications while breastfeeding. You will have to see your doctor for an assessment. You and your doctor will have to discuss your options based on the severity of your symptoms and the overall risk-benefit ratio. I have recommended non-pharmacologic interventions while breastfeeding such as psychotherapy and relaxation tapes. ...Read more