Childhood Diseases

Posted by: ANNE | 2008/09/02



Hi, I' m 34 weeks pregnant. I have for many years been on anti-depressants (cipramil) Since becomming pregnant we have halfed my dosage to 20 mg. I will be taking this while breastfeeding. My dr prescribed Eglenol to be taken from 36 weeks of pregnancy. This will help me cope in the early weeks of motherhood with the depression as well as stimulate milk production. Will these two drugs together not harm me and my baby? Before and after birth?

Expert's Reply



You must realise that both of these medicines will pass into your breastmilk and may affect your baby possibly causing nausea and vomiting, an increased risk of bleeding disorders and an effect on the blood sodium level [fall in sodium]. They are unlikely to have any harmful effect at this stage of your pregnancy on your baby directly as your baby is now fully formed.
If you really need to continue on an anti-depressant perhaps you should continue on the Cipramil only at the lowest possible dose.

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Posted by: Anon | 2008/09/03

Zoloft(sertraline) as well as Bupropion (Wellbutrin) are safe during breastfeeding as it doesn' t appear in the baby' s blood. As you doc about it. Eglonyl is also safe adn helps a lot with breastmilk supply. Please check with your gynae/psych about which option is best for you.

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