While some drugs are safe for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding, many antidepressants aren’t safe. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should check with their doctors before using any antidepressant during their pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Imipramine and pregnancy
The studies conducted on Imipramine and pregnancy says that the medication does not cause any defects when given to pregnant animals. Though there are some reports that claim, there are chances of birth defects in human pregnancy, when the drug is used during pregnancy. Since there are no adequate studies available, you can check with your doctor if taking Imipramine is safe for you and your unborn baby. The doctor can determine the risks and benefits of the medication and prescribe you the right dosage accordingly.
In pregnant women use of Imipramine pamoate and Imipramine hydrochloride is not safe. This is based on certain studies conducted on animals and the study reports a few cases of birth defects in humans.
If you are pregnant and using Imipramine let your doctor know about your pregnancy and if the medication is necessary, your doctor can examine your current medical condition and decide whether using Imipramine during pregnancy is safe for you and your baby.
Imipramine and breastfeeding
Imipramine is secreted in breast milk in low amounts. Mothers should use Imipramine with extra caution while breastfeeding. You can check with your doctor for the risks and benefits of using Imipramine while breastfeeding. The doctor will prescribe you the drug only if the benefits are higher than the risks to your baby.
Mothers can also discontinue breastfeeding for some time while they are using Imipramine. According to the studies, very less amount of Imipramine was found in blood of babies who were breastfed. Studies also show that there were no harmful effects seen on the development of babies who were breastfed by mothers using Imipramine.
Before using Imipramine, you should discuss with your doctor if you can use Imipramine as everyone’s medical condition is different and your doctor can examine you and based on your current medical condition, he can suggest you whether to use Imipramine or not.
Some reports say that using Imipramine while breastfeeding can lead to drowsiness in baby. In case you notice drowsiness or a lot of weight loss, talk to your paediatrician and he can monitor the blood levels of your baby. Even mothers can stop using drug to see if baby’s health comes back to normal.
The levels of Imipramine in breast milk are low, but if the drug is used for a long term, there are chances that it can affect your baby’s health. Some mothers prefer stopping the drug during breastfeeding while other prefers low doses of Imipramine. You can also check with your doctor if he can replace Imipramine with other alternative medicines to treat depression. This can help you manage depression without causing harm to your baby. It is better to monitor your baby closely while taking Imipramine during breastfeeding and call your doctor immediately in case you notice unusual symptoms in your baby.