Prozac and breastfeeding
A recent study by researchers at University of Arizona found a link with women who take antidepressants, such as Prozac, and a decrease in breastfeeding.
It is suggested that depressive disorders and/or taking antidepressants while pregnant may cause a decline in the number of women choosing to breastfeed.
In fact,the study showed that women exposed to antidepressants like Zolofty, Celexa, Paxil, Lexapro and Prozac were 60% less likely to breastfeed than women who had not taken any type of antidepressant.
The reason for the significant decline is inconclusive. It could be due to the mother being fearful that the medication in the breast milk could harm the child or the mother’s depression itself could play a role.
“While the benefits of breastfeeding an infant are very clear, this study suggests that women who are taking antidepressants in pregnancy are not engaging in this behavior as often as we would like to see,” said Christina Chambers, professor of pediatrics at University of California San Diego, and co-author of the study.
Prozac Side Effects
Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) bulimia nervosa, and panic disorder. Prozac is made by Eli Lilly and Company and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1987.
Since its release, studies have linked Prozac to several serious side effects. Although still available on the market, the FDA has issued three alerts warning of potential Prozac dangers. Prozac use may cause serotonin syndrome, persistent pulmonary hypertension in newborns (PPHN), and may incidence of depression and suicide.
Prozac Health Risks and Side Effects
In 2006, the FDA issued an alert stating that a life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome can occur when medicines called Serotonin and Noreponeprine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs, such as Prozac) and migraine headache medicines known as 5-hydroxtryptamine receptor agonists (triptans), are taken together.
Serotonin syndrome may be more likely to occur when starting or increasing the dose of an SNRI or a triptan. If you take migraine medicines, ask your healthcare professional if your medicine is a triptan.
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns
Also in 2006, an FDA alert announced the results of a study linking the use of antidepressant medicines like Prozac during pregnancy to babies born with a serious condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).