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Can I take paroxetine if I am breastfeeding?

Paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva) is a selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a type of antidepressant used to treat a wide range of mental health disorders. In studies, very low levels of paroxetine were detected in breast milk, so the amount of the drug your nursing baby will get is probably very small.  The medication was almost undetectable in the blood of most infants tested.

Paroxetine is one of the preferred antidepressants you can take during breastfeeding but should be used with caution.  Speak with you doctor about the safety and risk of taking paroxetine while breastfeeding.

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