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Desipramine Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 13, 2022.

Desipramine is also known as: Norpramin

Desipramine Pregnancy Warnings

Animal reproductive studies have been inconclusive. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

To monitor the outcomes of pregnant women exposed to antidepressant, a National Pregnancy Registry for Antidepressants has been established. Physicians are encouraged to register patients and pregnant women are encouraged to register themselves. For additional information:

US FDA pregnancy category Not Assigned: The US FDA has amended the pregnancy labeling rule for prescription drug products to require labeling that includes a summary of risk, a discussion of the data supporting that summary, and relevant information to help health care providers make prescribing decisions and counsel women about the use of drugs during pregnancy. Pregnancy categories A, B, C, D, and X are being phased out.

This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

US FDA pregnancy category: Not assigned.

Risk summary: No data are available on use of this drug in pregnant women to inform of a drug-related risk.

Comment: A pregnancy exposure registry is available.

See references

Desipramine Breastfeeding Warnings

Benefit should outweigh risk.

Excreted into human milk: Yes

-The effects in the nursing infant are unknown.
-The American Academy of Pediatrics classifies this drug as an agent whose effect on the nursing infant is unknown but may be of concern.

See references

References for pregnancy information

  1. "Product Information. Norpramin (desipramine)." Hoechst Marion Roussel (2002):

References for breastfeeding information

  1. "Product Information. Norpramin (desipramine)." Hoechst Marion Roussel (2002):
  2. United States National Library of Medicine "Toxnet. Toxicology Data Network." (2013):
  3. Briggs GG, Freeman RK. "Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation." Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health (2015):

Further information

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