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Should breastfeeding women take fluoxetine?

Fluoxetine can pass into breast milk. This medicine is part of a group called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Fluoxetine actually passes into breast milk more than other SSRIs. Breastfeeding women shouldn’t take it without first talking with their doctors. If nursing women are already taking it, they should continue. Nursing infants may develop side effects, including:

• Colic (crying that lasts longer than about 3 hours a day)
• Fussiness
• Drowsiness
• Decreased weight gain

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