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    I don’t see many posts on Effexor. Just wondering if there is any new research on it within the last year or two? Which drug is most similar to Effexor that you would recommend trying?

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    Momo: There's not much data on Effexor, that is true. What we have suggests levels in milk are low to modes (6-8%) and that continued breastfeeding after delivery might be beneficial. See below.

    As for other suggestions, Duloxetine is a suggestion. Sertraline(Zoloft) and Escitalopram(Lexapro) are the two most popular for depression, but may not work for you.

    Tom Hale Ph.D.


    From MMM, 2019:

    However, recent data (MedWatch, FDA) has suggested that infants exposed in utero to various serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as venlafaxine, may have adverse effects immediately upon delivery. These include: respiratory distress, cyanosis, apnea, seizures, temperature instability, etc. It is not known if these adverse events are due to a direct toxic effect of venlafaxine on the fetus, or due to a discontinuation (withdrawal) syndrome. Studies have shown that these adverse effects may be partially relieved with venlafaxine received through breastmilk.[1]


    1.Koren G, Moretti, Kapur B. Can Venlafaxine in Breast Milk Attenuate the Norepinephrine and Serotonin Reuptake Neonatal Withdrawal Syndrome? JOGC 2006 April; 28(4):299-302.




    Last edited by admin; 12-10-2019, 03:22 PM.

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