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If you are taking tricyclic antidepressants and breastfeeding at the same time, it is important to know that the medication may pass through your breast milk. However, some sources suggest that the risk to the fetus is low, although the full risks are not known. Therefore, if you do decide to breastfeed your baby while taking tricyclic antidepressants, be sure to watch for any changes in your baby, such as excessive tiredness, decreased feeding, or weight loss.
Tricyclic Antidepressants and Breastfeeding: An OverviewAll tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) either pass through breast milk or are likely to pass through breast milk (they have not been studied in women who are breastfeeding). Due to the possible harmful effects that tricyclic antidepressants might have on the breastfeeding infant, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking a tricyclic antidepressant while breastfeeding.
Tricyclic Antidepressants and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?There is very little information about the safety of using most tricyclic antidepressants while breastfeeding. However, some sources suggest the risk to the fetus is low, although the full risks are not known.
- Excessive tiredness
- Decreased feeding
- Weight loss.