If you are taking clomipramine and breastfeeding at the same time, it is important to know that the medication does pass through your breast milk. Generally, healthcare providers recommend that it is okay to breastfeed while taking the medication because, in many cases, the benefits of breastfeeding a child outweigh the possible risks. However, the full risks to the baby are not known because there are still long-term studies underway that are looking at the effects of exposure to clomipramine when breastfeeding.
An Overview of Clomipramine and Breastfeeding
Clomipramine hydrochloride (Anafranil®) is passed through breast milk. Because of the potential serious side effects that could occur to the nursing infant, the manufacturer of clomipramine recommends that healthcare providers look at the possible risks and benefits before recommending clomipramine while breastfeeding. Therefore, be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding your newborn baby.
When healthcare providers are asked about clomipramine and breastfeeding, they oftentimes 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.
Clomipramine and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
A few studies have looked at the use of antidepressants (such as clomipramine) during breastfeeding. In general, these studies have shown that the babies had low levels of clomipramine in their blood and did not have any side effects. However, because there are long-term studies of the effects of exposure to clomipramine through breastfeeding, the full risks to the baby are not known.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Clomipramine and Breastfeeding
You should talk with your healthcare provider about clomipramine 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 (as well as your current health situation), you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about clomipramine and breastfeeding in your particular situation.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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