In: Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed®) [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; 2006.


Although no data are available for the use of paliperidone during breastfeeding, it is the active metabolite of risperidone. Risperidone data indicate that the concentrations of paliperidone (9-hydroxyrisperidone) in breastmilk are low, and amounts ingested by the infant are small. A safety scoring system finds paliperidone possible to use cautiously during breastfeeding,[1] although others do not recommend it.[2] Because there is no published experience with paliperidone during breastfeeding and little long-term follow-up data, other agents may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant. Because paliperidone is available only as long-acting products, timing of nursing with respect to doses would not be useful. Long-acting injectable formulations may continue to deliver small amounts to breastmilk for many months. Monitor breastfed infants for drowsiness, adequate growth and weight gain, jitteriness, tremors, and abnormal movements.

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