Hello. I am 36 weeks pregnant and have been informed by my OB that I shouldn't breast feed on lexapro . I went on it about two years ago. A little while after my daughter was born do to major anxiety! I feel very strongly about breastfeeding so I was wondering the best way to taper off lexapro with the fewest withdraws. If I didn't only have about three weeks to do so I would just wean as slow as possible but that's not an option for me at this point... Need some suggestions... Thanks
you definitely need to leave that one up to the doctor, you have to be very careful with these medications when you're weaning off of them. especially at 36 weeks of pregnancy. call your doctor first thing Monday morning,,, good luck with your baby and good luck on the breastfeeding also.
This seems rather moronic. It also crosses the placenta so the baby is already exposed to the drug! What is the point of stopping to breast feed? If the damage is going to be done, it will be done already! If you were going to go off, you should have done so in early pregnancy. This is just silly! I could understand being worried if you hadnt been taking it during pregnancy and were breastfeeding when they put you on the drug that you may either not be able to take the drug or stop breastfeeding but I see no point when you are already on it during pregnancy! This drug is a category C pregnancy drug. See below from literature:
Taking an SSRI antidepressant during pregnancy may cause serious lung problems or other complications in the baby. However, you may have a relapse of depression if you stop taking your antidepressant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking Lexapro. Do not start or stop taking this medicine during pregnancy without your doctor's advice.
See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)
Escitalopram can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Lexapro should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old.
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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