Ziprasidone use while Breastfeeding
Drugs containing Ziprasidone: Geodon
Ziprasidone Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding
Summary of Use during Lactation
Because there is no published experience with ziprasidone during breastfeeding, other antipsychotic agents are preferred.
Maternal Levels. In one woman, ziprasidone was started at 9 days postpartum (dosage not stated, but presumably at a low dose and titrated upward). Serum and milk concentrations were obtained 10 minutes before the morning dose every day for 16 days. By day 7 of therapy, the patient was taking 80 mg of ziprasidone twice daily. Ziprasidone was not detectable in milk until day 10 of therapy when the milk concentration was 11 mcg/L; thereafter, the milk concentrations were not quantifiable (<10 mcg/L).
Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.
Effects in Breastfed Infants
A woman took ziprasidone 40 mg and citalopram 60 mg daily throughout pregnancy and postpartum. She breastfed extensively, except for occasional formula feedings by others. At 6 months of age, a pediatrician found the infant to be healthy with normal growth and development.
Possible Effects on Lactation
Prolactin elevation and galactorrhea has occurred during ziprasidone treatment. However, prolactin elevation might be more transient and less severe than with phenothiazines. The prolactin level in a mother with established lactation may not affect her ability to breastfeed.
Alternate Drugs to Consider
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