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Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1981 May 30; 282(6278): 1746–1747.
PMCID: PMC1505716

Haloperidol secreted in breast milk.


A nursing mother was given haloperidol 5 mg twice daily for puerperal psychosis and continued to breast feed under hospital supervision. Despite considerable amounts of haloperidol being secreted in the breast milk (up to 23.5 micrograms/l), the infant was apparently not sedated, fed well, and continued to thrive. The findings suggest that maternal ingestion of haloperidol for short periods has no deleterious effect on the infant's development.

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  • Stewart RB, Karas B, Springer PK. Haloperidol excretion in human milk. Am J Psychiatry. 1980 Jul;137(7):849–850. [PubMed]
  • Lundborg P. Abnormal ontogeny in young rabbits after chronic administration of haloperidol to the nursing mothers. Brain Res. 1972 Sep 29;44(2):684–687. [PubMed]

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