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Seroquel and Breastfeeding

Although animal studies have shown that, when breastfeeding, Seroquel is passed to the nursing animal, corresponding studies have not been done in humans. The manufacturer recommends that healthcare providers consider the benefits and risks before prescribing it to a woman who is nursing. To ensure a safe treatment process and avoid negative side effects in your baby, talk to your healthcare provider about Seroquel and breastfeeding prior to taking it.

Seroquel and Breastfeeding: An Overview

It is not known if Seroquel® (quetiapine fumarate) is passed through breast milk. However, because of the potentially serious side effects that could occur in the nursing infant, the manufacturer recommends that women not breastfeed while taking this medication. If you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding and have been prescribed Seroquel, make sure to let your healthcare provider know.

What Does the Research Say About Seroquel and Breastfeeding?

Seroquel passes through breast milk in humans. Because this medication is capable of causing serious side effects, in many cases, it is better for the health of the child to avoid breastfeeding altogether if the mother must take Seroquel. If you are considering stopping Seroquel in order to breastfeed, remember that it is important for an infant to have a healthy, functioning mother, even if this means formula feeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Seroquel and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about Seroquel and breastfeeding. Everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. After considering what you want and expect (as well as your current health situation), you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Seroquel and breastfeeding that is right for you.
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