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Is it safe to take a Xanax once while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take a Xanax once while breastfeeding?

Probably ok: Taking a single dose of xanax (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 dose. Problems are more likely to occur when women take xanax on a regular basis because it is transferred into the breastmilk. Xanax can cause drowsiness and feeding problems in babies. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more


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Is it safe to take Xanax while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take Xanax while breastfeeding?

Other option better: There are other medications that are shorter-acting that would be safer. Xanax 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. ...Read more

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I am prescribed 1 mg of Xanax to take when needed I am breastfeeding my child is six weeks old. What is the best way to wein her off of breastmilk?

I am prescribed 1 mg of Xanax to take when needed I am breastfeeding my child is six weeks old. What is the best way to wein her off of breastmilk?

Immediately : Hope not taken during pregnancy the side effects to newborns can be severe as it comes thru in milk if you want to continue breast ask for different medications that would not hurt baby if continuing on xanax do not breast feed the problem won't be with baby but with the pain in breast you should pump to relieve and wear tight bra as I am for breast try different meds. ...Read more

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MY todler is over 1 year old and I am still breastfeeding a couple times a day. Would it be safe if I took .5mg of xanax?

MY todler is over 1 year old and I am still breastfeeding a couple times a day. Would it be safe if I took .5mg of xanax?

Is not safe: 0.5mg of Alprazolam or Xanax is not too much. Thec risc of breast feeding it wiill depend if it is a one time use or a chronic treatment?. There will be traces of it in the breast milk which the baby would ingest. Again if it's a one time it will be negligible, of no consequences but if you planning on chronic xanax use, better stop breast feeding now. One year is a good run anyway. ...Read more

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How long after taking Xanax can you resume breastfeeding?

A few days: I guess I would ask if you were on Xanax while you were pregnant, since it is a class D drug and not recommended in pregnancy. It can be switched to other benzos such as Ativan or Serax (lorazepam and oxazepam). It is a short-acting drug which does not accumulate in fat, so it it is gone within 72 hours. You can also talk to your prescriber about Clonazepam as a substitute if it is needed. ...Read more

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Hey i was having a lil bit of a Axieaty last night and i took .5 xanax i am currently breastfeeding and i was wondering if i can still breastfeed?

Contraindicated: Xanax like any other drug is excreted in the breast mik and will last in your blood stream for 2 days in your baby it can cause drowsiness and apneas make sure your baby is checked and monitered! may be your physician can prescribe a safer drug ...Read more

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For the last month, I've been taking Xanax (0.5) daily for my panic disorder.i am breastfeeding and usually wait 4 hours to nurse. Is this too short?

For the last month, I've been taking Xanax (0.5) daily for my panic disorder.i am breastfeeding and usually wait 4 hours to nurse. Is this too short?

Watch for sedation: in baby & withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it. See http://www.drugs.com/breastfeeding/alprazolam.html. Talk to your psychiatrist about safer meds & see a psychologist for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Genetic loading + ^'ed fetal cortisol levels due to chronic antenatal anxiety warrant asking your pediatrician for a little extra monitoring of cognitive, emotional & behavioral development. ...Read more

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

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

Possibly unsafe: Xanax 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. ...Read more

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Can i take venlafaxine and alprazolam while breastfeeding?

Not a good idea: Lots of medicine that you ingest get into breast milk. It might be wise to call the physician who prescribed them and have him/her advise you how to taper off these medication if he/she thinks it wise. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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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


Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more