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  • Latuda and breastfeeding

    Dear Dr.Hale, I am very sad because I have been prescribed Latuda for depression and diagnosed with bipolar.
    i have an 8 week old baby girl which I was breastfeeding with success. Unfortunately the psychiatrist told me that he doesn’t recommend I continue breastfeeding while taking Latuda.
    I take 40mg once a day. What is your opinion on this medication?
    Is it very risky for the baby if I continue breastfeeding?
    i have now started to take the medication yesterday and I am bottle feeding the baby with milk I pumped in the weeks before, but I am so sad I can’t breastfeed anymore. Please could you share your opinion on this drug and breastfeeding.
    Thank you so much.

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    Italian2018:

    Latuda is a new drug and we don't have any data on its transfer to milk. That said, from looking at its structure and kinetics, I anticipate levels in milk will be low.

    However, your psychiatrist has a number of other options that MIGHT work for you and allow you to breastfeed, including Quetiapine, Olanzaprine, and Risperidone which produce very low milk levels.

    Ask him if you could try one of these.

    Tom Hale Ph.D.

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