Last update: June 4, 2016


Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Safe. Compatible.
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

It is excreted in breast milk in clinically non-significant amount without problems observed in infants whose mothers were receiving this treatment, whether on psychomotor development, speech improvement and weight gaining.
Drug plasma levels in these infants were undetectable or very low.

In the neonatal period, isolated cases of sedation and / or withdrawal symptoms have been reported, possibly by accumulative mechanism during pregnancy or added effect from another drug.

Some experts think that Olanzapine would be the one of choice during lactation among second-generation antipsychotic drugs (Uguz 2016).

May induce increased plasma levels of Prolactin but less frequently and lower than other antipsychotic drugs.


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Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 60 %
Molecular weight 312 daltons
Protein Binding 93 %
Tmax 8 hours
T1/2 54 hours
M/P ratio 0,2 - 0,8 -
Theoretical Dose 0,01 - 0,3 mg/Kg/d
Relative Dose 0,3 - 4 %


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  3. Aydin B, Nayir T, Sahin S, Yildiz A. Olanzapine and quetiapine use during breastfeeding: excretion into breast milk and safe breastfeeding strategy. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2015 Apr;35(2):206-8. Abstract
  4. Uguz F. Breastfed Infants Exposed to Combined Antipsychotics: Two Case Reports. Am J Ther. 2015 Abstract
  5. Parikh T, Goyal D, Scarff JR, Lippmann S. Antipsychotic drugs and safety concerns for breast-feeding infants. South Med J. 2014 Abstract
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