Last update June 18, 2022

Melitracen Hydrochloride

Low Risk

Possibly safe. Probably compatible. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

Melitracen is a tricyclic antidepressant given with flupentixol in the management of depression with anxiety. Oral administration in two or three daily doses.

Since the last update we have not found any published data on its excretion in breast milk.

Its pharmacokinetic characteristics (high plasma protein binding and large volume of distribution) make it very unlikely its excretion into breast milk in significant amounts.

Amitriptyline, another similar tricyclic antidepressant, is excreted in breast milk in clinically insignificant amounts.

The manufacturer consider the use of this medication to be safe during breastfeeding. (AEMPS 2021, Lundbeck 2020)



See below the information of these related products:

  • Amitriptyline ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Flupentixol ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Maternal Depression (Possibly safe. Probably compatible. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.)


Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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Other names

Melitracen Hydrochloride is also known as

Melitracen Hydrochloride in other languages or writings:


Melitracen Hydrochloride belongs to these groups or families:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Melitracen Hydrochloride in its composition:

  • Deanxit™. Contains other elements than Melitracen Hydrochloride in its composition


Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 328 daltons
Protein Binding 89 %
VD 31.4 l/Kg
Tmax 5 hours
62 hours


  1. AEMPS-Lundbeck. Flupentixol-Melitraceno (Deanxit) Ficha técnica. 2021 Full text (in our servers)
  2. Lundbeck Hellas A.E. Flupentixol-Melitracen (Deanxit). Drug Summary 2020 Full text (in our servers)
  3. Wu L, Xu C, Wu G, Zhou H, Lv D, Zhai Y, Huang Y, Tang W, Li F, Shentu J. Bioequivalence Study Of A Fixed-Dose Combination Tablet Containing Melitracen 10 mg And Flupentixol 0.5 mg In Healthy Chinese Volunteers Under Fasted And Fed Conditions. Drug Des Devel Ther. 2019 Sep 19;13:3331-3342. Abstract

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