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Is it ok to take Xanax while breastfeeding?

Posted by on Jun. 13, 2009 at 4:50 PM
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My doctor gave me a prescription for Xanax. Is this drug safe to take while nursing? 

by on Jun. 13, 2009 at 4:50 PM
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by on Jun. 13, 2009 at 4:52 PM
by on Jun. 13, 2009 at 4:56 PM

I would really ask your pediatrician.  My friend was taking the medication and her daughter has had some complications from the medication.  Even if your regular doctor perscribed it, I would ask the pediatrician before continuing to breastfeed just to be on the safe side. 

Ray's Mommy aka Sarah ♥


by on Jun. 13, 2009 at 5:10 PM

 Before I can give you a definitive answer, first I would need to know why you are taking this medication and how often you take it. Xanax is a very short acting drug, and has a very short half life and lipid solubility comparable to THC (meaning it is very soluble in lipids. or dissolves well in fat), therfore, it is iffy to take during breastfeeding. Just in case your don't understand my pharmacological jargon, a half life is the time it takes for half of the drug to completely disperse itself from your system, in xanx's case, the half life is about 8 hours, however, since it has a pretty good lipid solubility the amount that is present in breastmilk may be enough to have an effect on your newborn. However, if you are taking this medication several times a day you might want to ask your doc if there are any alternative medications you can take that are safer for breastfeeding. Keep an eye on your baby, and take him/her to the ER if they seem excessively sleepy or have breathing problems. In my medical opinion you should never ask a doctor or a pediatrician about the drugs you take because the doctor does not know much or specialize in the drugs themselves, rather the condition the drugs treat. Ask your pharmacist instead. Though xanax seems like a "heavy duty" drug, it really is rather harmless and  has no long term side effects. Some specialists claim that it is habit forming, however when taken correctly there is very little evidence of this. Xanax would be much safer to take while breastfeeding than any anti-depressant if you are taking this drug for panic.

by on Jun. 13, 2009 at 5:25 PM
I take xanax and breastfeed. The doc who prescribed it is aware that I am breastfeeding and also my daughter's ped. is aware. They both said to watch out for the common side effects, sleepiness being one of them. I have been taking xanax since my daughter was 2 months old and she is almost 9 months old. She has had no side effects and is meeting every milestone and is at a healthy weight and height.

The only thing both docs said, is when I do wean her from the breastmilk, I actually have to WEAN her because I will be weaning her off the small amount of xanax that is in her system. I plan on self weaning, but encourage when she turns one and can have regular milk. I will slowly mix the breastmilk with the reg. milk until eventually it is all reg. milk.

Please - no bashing for me taking xanax while breastfeeding because I know it is not recommended. I am just informing the OP of my situation. Please do not even quote my post. And again, I am asking very nicely - please do not bash me.


by on Jun. 13, 2009 at 11:35 PM

I've read that Xanax can cause negative effects on the baby if taken while breastfeeding. I wouldn't take it. Ask your doctor if there's a different medication that is safe for nursing. Good luck mama.

by on Jun. 13, 2009 at 11:40 PM

A small amount will enter your babies system. It may be ok; however, it's not a smart choice to take drugs (even if it's a perscription) & bf. I would recommend giving your lo pumped bm while taking the meds. This is just my opinion!!!

by on Jun. 14, 2009 at 1:01 AM

Okay my book says-Drug whose effect on nursing infants is unknown but may be of concern.

It also states that its an L3 rating which means it is moderately safe and should only be taken if the benefits out weigh the risks.

Pediatric concerns are that infant may have withdrawal syndrome - sedation - poor feeding -irritability - crying - insomnia on withdrawal and should only be used on a short term basis.

So this is up to you now that you have the facts but I recommend talking to your pharmacist cause they know all about this stuff and remember that doctors don't always know and they don't always care whats best in every situation. Good Luck!

               Lilypie Breastfeeding Ticker



by on Jun. 14, 2009 at 4:12 AM

I, personally, don't take any medication while breastfeeding, this includes Tylenol or Ibuprofen. I don't feel it's right to do so because no matter how many books/dr's say it's safe I can only trust that not taking anything will absolutely be the safest thing to do.

by on Jun. 14, 2009 at 3:18 PM

My doc told me no.  If you need some help with anxiety here's a few ideas (if it's anxiety related) SAM E is a natural joint aid with anti depression qualities or drink Chamomile tea??

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