Is it safe to take Generic Effexor (Venlafaxine) when pregnant or breastfeeding?
Generic Effexor (Venlafaxine) is classed as Pregnancy Category C by the FDA, which means it could potentially be harmful to an unborn baby. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. However depression is a serious disease and you should not stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor first. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor if you are currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant during treatment. In addition, babies born to mothers who took Generic Effexor (Venlafaxine) during the last 3 months of pregnancy may infrequently develop withdrawal symptoms, such as:
- Feeding or breathing difficulties
- Muscle stiffness
- Constant crying
If you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn, you should tell your doctor about them immediately.
Generic Effexor (Venlafaxine) passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing infant. Breastfeeding is not recommended while using this medication. Consult your doctor first.