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According to the manufacturer of Oleptro (trazodone ER), women should use this medication with caution while nursing. Research studies have shown that the trazodone component of the drug does pass through breast milk; however, these amounts are probably too low to cause significant problems. Before using Oleptro, breastfeeding women should ask their healthcare providers about the potential risks.

Is Taking Oleptro While Breastfeeding Safe?

Oleptro™ (trazodone ER) passes through breast milk in humans. The manufacturer of the medication recommends that women use it with caution while breastfeeding. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking Oleptro.

What Does the Research Say?

Studies have shown that trazodone (the active ingredient in Oleptro) passes through breast milk in small amounts. These amounts are probably too small to cause significant problems, especially if the child is two months old or older (as newborns can sometimes be unusually sensitive to medications) or if the Oleptro dosage is low.
If your healthcare provider decides that it is okay for you to breastfeed while taking Oleptro, make sure to watch for any changes or problems in your infant. In particular, you might watch for excessive drowsiness or lethargy.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Oleptro and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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