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Should pregnant women take fluoxetine?

No. If you’re pregnant or planning to be, don’t take fluoxetine. This medicine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). These are drugs that affect natural brain chemicals. If pregnant women take SSRIs it may cause newborn babies to develop serious, life-threatening lung problems. This is more common if it is taken during the last three months of pregnancy. There’s also the risk of birth defects and premature delivery.

Pregnant women should only take this drug if the benefits outweigh the risks. If you take it and become pregnant, tell your doctor.

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