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Xanax and breastfeedingNo doubt that breastfeeding is of top importance for every infant. It allows a child to grow in a healthy way, have fewer health-related issues in future, be physically active, emotionally stable and intelligent. However, when a mother is on medications, breast milk can cause more harm than good. Many drugs are excreted into milk. Most of them are dangerous even when taken in very low doses. What about Xanax for anxiety as well as panic disorders? Can you take Xanax while breastfeeding?

Specialists agree that a single Alprazolam dose doesn’t lead to potential dangers and health issues. Most healthcare providers even suggest that a woman can continue as usual after one dose. Problems mostly appear, when the medication is taken regularly. Yet still, any possibility should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

Is It Wise Taking Xanax While Breastfeeding?

Regular administration of Alprazolam during lactation is prohibited by most doctors in order to limit complications during and after breastfeeding. Why so? The main ingredients of this medication pass into the breast milk to reach the baby’s body systems.

The first and foremost signs of complications experienced by a baby are:

  • Weight loss;
  • Drowsiness;
  • Respiratory issues;
  • Feeding problems.

If you wish to consume Xanax while nursing, consult your healthcare professional and obtain required and reliable facts on risks and potential benefits for your individual case.

We’d like to repeat that a single dose administered doesn’t lead to any complications, neither in you nor in baby. But when the remedy should be consumed regularly, a baby will suffer from serious complications that in some cases even become fatal. Decide what your priority is: taking Alprazolam or nursing your baby. Combining both is out of question.

! Recently, it has been proven that when small Xanax doses are administered for anxiety relief during breastfeeding, they can be relatively safe ONLY IF administered eight hours before feeding a baby.

Recent Research on Xanax and Breastfeeding

Studies and trials prove that Alprazolam does pass through the breast milk in most women. It triggers serious side effects. This is why a woman, who can’t do without benzodiazepines, is recommended to stop breastfeeding while taking them. If the administration of the drug is not the matter of life and death, then breastfeeding must become a priority.

Even if your healthcare provider is more than sure that Xanax won’t lead to any negative effects, we still suggest watching for any negative changes in a baby. If a panic or anxiety attack is severe and unexpected, you are allowed to take a single dose. A single 2 mg pill doesn’t cause any complications.

What Are the Adverse Reactions of Xanax While Breastfeeding?

They may be very diverse, depending on the dose taken, treatment duration as well as the baby’s overall health. Side effects vary from pretty mild to rather severe. Most of them are innocuous, so they fade away over some time (hours-days). However, when the first changes in baby’s physical health or behavior are noticed, it’s better to have professional medical help. The list of such adverse reactions includes:

  • Skin rash;
  • Dry mouth;
  • Constipation;
  • Respiratory problems;
  • Urinary tension;
  • Swelling of throat, lips, tongue or face.

It is true that most of them are relatively safe, yet still there remain reasons for concern. For instance, when there’s an allergic reaction, it vanishes within days, yet professional help must be sought for anyway.

What Are Xanax Breastfeeding General Recommendations?

Keep in mind that Alprazolam (Xanax) always takes place in the list of medications that are not suggested to nursing mothers. If you can hardly do without a dose (not because you like the high feelings, but because you treat anxiety), ask your doctor for an alternative treatment option, which is safer. Though Xanax has a comparatively short half-life, there are benzodiazepines with even shorter one.

Note that the administration of any sorts of psychotropic drugs is still not properly investigated and studied in a systematic manner. The information that is available today doesn’t reflect the entire impact of the drug during nursing.

It is true that there are researchers, who are sure that a single dose is nearly always safe, yet ‘nearly’ is the word that spreads panic among users. We are more than sure that even a single dose may have its drawbacks, if not now than surely some time later.

Breastfeeding and Xanax administration arise too many questions these days. Unfortunately, there’s no medication that can be 100% safe for an adult, not speaking about an infant. We insist on refusal from Xanax while nursing and finding alternative anxiety-relief options that could help refuse from pills for the breastfeeding period.

Dr. Andrew J. Olson

Author: Dr. Andrew J. Olson

Dr. Andrew J. Olson is a PHD in psychiatry. He is also a psychiatrist consultant at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. He also serves as a Clinical Director of the Department of Psychiatry, at Royal Marsden Hospital, in London, UK.


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No doubt that breastfeeding is of top importance for every infant. It allows a child to grow in a healthy way, have fewer health-related issues in future, be physically active, emotionally stable and intelligent. However, when a mother is on medications, breast milk can cause more harm than good. Many drugs are excreted into milk. Most of them are dangerous even when taken in very low doses. What about Xanax for anxiety as well as panic disorders? Can you take Xanax while breastfeeding? Specialists agree that a single Alprazolam dose doesn’t lead to potential dangers and health issues. Most healthcare…
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