Before taking Luvox CR (fluvoxamine CR), breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare providers. The benefits of using the drug for the mother (and the benefits of breastfeeding for the child) usually outweigh the potential risks of using it while breastfeeding. Although studies on Luvox CR and breastfeeding show the medication passes through breast milk, the drug levels in the babies were relatively low.
Is Luvox CR Safe for Breastfeeding Women?
Luvox® CR (fluvoxamine CR) passes through breast milk. Because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur to the nursing infant, the manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding women avoid taking Luvox CR. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.
Luvox CR and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?
A few studies have looked at using Luvox CR during breastfeeding. These studies showed that the level of medication in the babies' blood was relatively low. In many situations, the benefits of the medication to the mother (and the benefits of breastfeeding to the child) may outweigh the possible risks of using Luvox CR when breastfeeding.
Discussing Luvox CR and Breastfeeding With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about Luvox CR and breastfeeding. 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 Luvox CR and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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