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The FDA states that healthcare providers should only prescribe fluoxetine to a pregnant patient if the potential benefit justifies the potential risks to the mother and her developing baby. For this reason, always consult with your doctor before starting treatment with fluoxetine if you wish to become pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or plan to become pregnant.

Fluoxetine, Labor and Delivery

Fluoxetine falls into Pregnancy Category C, meaning it should only be taken during pregnancy if its potential benefits outweigh its potential risks.

Can fluoxetine cause birth defects?

The FDA clearly states that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) can have negative effects on neonates, especially during the third trimester of pregnancy. Such adverse effects include but are not limited to prolonged hospitalization, respiratory problems, and feeding difficulties.

Can fluoxetine cause a miscarriage?

Because fluoxetine falls into Pregnancy Category C, it may also suggest a miscarriage is more likely to occur if the mother takes it during pregnancy. Never take fluoxetine during pregnancy if you and your doctor determine the potential risks surpass the potential benefits.

Fluoxetine and Lactation

The FDA states fluoxetine is excreted in human milk. Therefore, the FDA does not recommend nursing women to take fluoxetine if they plan to breastfeed or are currently breastfeeding.

Fluoxetine and Fertility

The FDA only discusses the effects fluoxetine has on fertility in rats. No human data currently exists on the exact effect fluoxetine has on human fertility.

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