What about taking MAOIs during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
The FDA classifies MAO inhibitors in pregnancy category C, which means that there is no established evidence of safe and effective use of MAO inhibitor in pregnant women. Therefore, infant risk cannot be ruled out. It is not known whether MAO inhibitors enter breast milk; however, MAO inhibitors should be avoided in nursing mothers to avoid harm to the fetus.
REFERENCE: UpToDate. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) for treating depressed adults.
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