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Can I use Paxil if I am breastfeeding?

If you are breastfeeding, talk with your doctor about whether taking an antidepressant such as Paxil is the best treatment for you. Though very few infants have a bad reaction to antidepressants, the long-term effects, if any, aren't known.

All antidepressants are passed to the baby through breast milk, but studies have found that Paxil is undetectable in nursing infants' blood. Because of this, Paxil is frequently given to breastfeeding women who need to take an antidepressant.

Some doctors advise women to take their antidepressant after a feeding, and to avoid nursing their baby for several hours while the drug clears their system. However, there is little scientific evidence that this reduces the amount of drug the baby receives. If you take Paxil while nursing, a pediatrician should monitor your child closely.

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