Luvox and Breastfeeding

If you are taking Luvox and breastfeeding at the same time, it is important to know that the medication does pass through your breast milk. However, according to studies, the level of Luvox that is passed to the nursing baby is very low, suggesting that Luvox is relatively safe for use during breastfeeding. Healthcare providers often advise their patients that it is okay to breastfeed while taking the medication, since the benefits of breastfeeding a child often outweigh the possible risks.

Luvox and Breastfeeding: An Overview

Luvox® (fluvoxamine maleate) is passed through breast milk. There is the potential for serious side effects to the nursing infant when Luvox is prescribed to a breastfeeding woman. Because of this potential risk, the manufacturer of Luvox recommends that healthcare providers look at the possible risks and benefits before recommending the use of Luvox while breastfeeding. Therefore, you should be sure to let your healthcare provider know (prior to taking Luvox) if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
 
Practically, when healthcare providers are asked about Luvox and breastfeeding, they often advise their patients that it is okay to breastfeed while taking the medication. This is because, in many cases, the benefits of breastfeeding a child outweigh the possible risks.
 

Luvox and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?

A few studies have looked at using Luvox during breastfeeding. In these studies, the level of Luvox in the babies' blood was very low (or undetectable), suggesting that Luvox is relatively safe for use during breastfeeding.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Luvox and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Luvox and breastfeeding. This is because everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. Based on what you want and expect and your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Luvox and breastfeeding for your particular situation.
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