Drugs and Breastfeeding

Wellbutrin (Ratio-Bupropion) and breastfeeding. What do you know? I have the pamphlet from the pharmacy, what the Psychiatrist told me and I read a bit online, it all seems unsure and contradictory.

He says it’s the lowest concentration in milk of all drug options at 2%.

Discuss please.

Also-I did not get the PPD label, I got Generalized Anxiety Disorder Post Mild Post Traumatic Stress. Mood is secondary to Anxiety.

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on October 1, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. I am thinking of going on it. My understanding was that there was little evidence of anything happening, perhaps a slight chance of seizure, though very unproven. Also of the three available types the xl (slowest release usually taken once a day) is the least problematic, then the sr (slow release taken twice a day – most commonly described), and lastly the immediate release one. I was going to try the sr 150 twice a day for a total of 300.

    I don’t have my links handy but I googled Hales and wellburtrin.

  2. I am thinking of going on it. My understanding was that there was little evidence of anything happening, perhaps a slight chance of seizure, though very unproven. Also of the three available types the xl (slowest release usually taken once a day) is the least problematic, then the sr (slow release taken twice a day – most commonly described), and lastly the immediate release one. I was going to try the sr 150 twice a day for a total of 300.
    I don’t have my links handy but I googled Hales and wellburtrin.

  3. I am so proud of you for getting help. I hope this works for you.

  4. I am so proud of you for getting help. I hope this works for you.

  5. Hale’s Medications & Mother’s Milk 2008 says it’s safe – L3, “thus far plasma levels in breastfed infants are undetectable”. He says more, but it all indicates that wellbutrin is thought to be safe and is well tolerated. can probably reassure you more if you want to post there.

  6. Hale’s Medications & Mother’s Milk 2008 says it’s safe – L3, “thus far plasma levels in breastfed infants are undetectable”. He says more, but it all indicates that wellbutrin is thought to be safe and is well tolerated. can probably reassure you more if you want to post there.

  7. So, he thinks it’s anxiety and PTSD left from Evan’s death?

    Are you doing any counseling?

    How long did he think you would need the WB?

    I hope you start feeling its positive effects quickly!

  8. So, he thinks it’s anxiety and PTSD left from Evan’s death?
    Are you doing any counseling?
    How long did he think you would need the WB?
    I hope you start feeling its positive effects quickly!

    • It’s Jaime. I am just not signed in. We meet again in 3 weeks to see how I am feeling. I am starting this week on 100mg every other day, then next week up to 100mg a day, then see him and re-evaluate. I will be getting counseling. He thinks 6 months max is how long I will need it. Thanks 🙂
      The anxiety part sucks, I had horrible insomnia last night cause I was anxious and it was for nothing, nothing happened, all was well..that’s the part to told me I was not ok..it’s so random and unprovoked.

    • Take 2
      We meet again in 3 weeks to see how I am feeling. I am starting this week on 100mg every other day, then next week up to 100mg a day, then see him and re-evaluate. I will be getting counseling. He thinks 6 months max is how long I will need it. Thanks 🙂 He thinks Evan triggered it as did life with a new baby and little support, but he said I am likely predisposed to anxiety anyways as I have always been a worrier. The anxiety part sucks, I had horrible insomnia last night cause I was anxious and it was for nothing, nothing happened, all was well..that’s the part to told me I was not ok..it’s so random and unprovoked.

    • Take 2

      We meet again in 3 weeks to see how I am feeling. I am starting this week on 100mg every other day, then next week up to 100mg a day, then see him and re-evaluate. I will be getting counseling. He thinks 6 months max is how long I will need it. Thanks 🙂 He thinks Evan triggered it as did life with a new baby and little support, but he said I am likely predisposed to anxiety anyways as I have always been a worrier. The anxiety part sucks, I had horrible insomnia last night cause I was anxious and it was for nothing, nothing happened, all was well..that’s the part to told me I was not ok..it’s so random and unprovoked.

    • Cool. So you tolerated it well then? am starting this week on 100mg every other day, then next week up to 100mg a day, then see him and re-evaluate.

    • Cool. So you tolerated it well then? am starting this week on 100mg every other day, then next week up to 100mg a day, then see him and re-evaluate.

    • Sorry to but in, but if you don’t mind I have some questions (and feel free to ignore me too)
      You said you used it. If you are no longer taking it did you notice any withdrawal in yourself or baby when you stopped? And I’d love to read any links you might have.
      I took it years ago to quit smoking and again a few years ago to quit smoking…again. Both times I had some itchiness, insomnia, and jaw clenching to work through, but nothing awful. With little kids now I am worried about insomnia and the jaw clenching never seemed to go away so maybe I just became a jaw clencher? Sorry, rambling.

      • I didn’t notice any withdrawal. I think I went off it for a while either during my pregnancy or postpartum, but needed to start taking it again.
        I had taken zoloft in a previous pregnancy and when my baby was born she was in severe cardio-respiratory distress and only lived for 7 hours – cause of death “undetermined”. They tell me that the fact that I was taking zoloft had nothing to do with her death but since we don’t know what put her into such severe cardio-respiratory distress in the first place, I was reluctant to use anti-depressants at all during my next pregnancy. I took welbutrin instead, everything was fine, and I haven’t noticed any side effects other than some jaw clenching. Insomnia once in a while, but not sure if that is medication related or stress related.

      • I didn’t notice any withdrawal. I think I went off it for a while either during my pregnancy or postpartum, but needed to start taking it again.

        I had taken zoloft in a previous pregnancy and when my baby was born she was in severe cardio-respiratory distress and only lived for 7 hours – cause of death “undetermined”. They tell me that the fact that I was taking zoloft had nothing to do with her death but since we don’t know what put her into such severe cardio-respiratory distress in the first place, I was reluctant to use anti-depressants at all during my next pregnancy. I took welbutrin instead, everything was fine, and I haven’t noticed any side effects other than some jaw clenching. Insomnia once in a while, but not sure if that is medication related or stress related.

    • Sorry to but in, but if you don’t mind I have some questions (and feel free to ignore me too)

      You said you used it. If you are no longer taking it did you notice any withdrawal in yourself or baby when you stopped? And I’d love to read any links you might have.

      I took it years ago to quit smoking and again a few years ago to quit smoking…again. Both times I had some itchiness, insomnia, and jaw clenching to work through, but nothing awful. With little kids now I am worried about insomnia and the jaw clenching never seemed to go away so maybe I just became a jaw clencher? Sorry, rambling.

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