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Patients curious about the use of Prozac and pregnancy risks should talk to their medical provider about their options. The FDA states that healthcare providers should only prescribe Prozac (fluoxetine) to a pregnant patient if the potential benefit justifies the potential risks.

Prozac and Breastfeeding

The FDA states Prozac is excreted in human milk. Therefore, the FDA does not recommend that nursing patients take Prozac.


Is it safe to take Prozac while pregnant?

Only if the potential benefits of taking fluoxetine outweigh the potential risks of not taking it during pregnancy.

What category is Prozac in pregnancy?

The FDA gives medications a pregnancy category rating, which helps patients and healthcare providers decide whether these medications should be used during pregnancy.

The FDA rates Prozac under Pregnancy Category C, meaning it should only be taken during pregnancy if its potential benefits outweigh its potential risks.

Can Prozac cause birth defects?

The FDA clearly states that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) can negatively affect late-term pregnancies and newborns. These negative effects include prolonged hospitalization, respiratory problems, and tube feeding.

Can Prozac cause a miscarriage?

While Prozac is typically not recommended during pregnancy, research has not found statistically meaningful differences in miscarriages between patients who took fluoxetine during pregnancy and those who did not.

Can fluoxetine affect fertility?

Currently, no human data exists for the potential effects of fluoxetine on fertility.

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