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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Caffeine

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An indi vidual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 08/11/1999]
Question: I am 6 weeks pregnant and currently taking 15 mg of Paxil daily. Is taking Paxil a threat to my unborn child? Also, what affect does caffeine have on my unborn child as well? I am used to drinking two cups of coffee a day and when I found out that I was pregnant, I stopped. I find myself unable to function and stay awake at work during the day. Could I possible have a half a cup of coffee a day?

Answer: Caffeine does not appear to be a problem in usual doses. Paxil has not been studied and will not be due to ethical issues. Paxil is a Class C drug-meaning animal studies have shown problems. In the literature, currently not a large issue-but no clear information.

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