Serum sertraline and N-desmethylsertraline levels in breast-feeding mother-infant pairs

Katherine L. Wisner*, James M. Perel, Jeffrey Blumer

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Objective: The authors' goal was to study the serum sertraline levels of breast-feeding mothers and their infants. Method: They obtained serum levels of sertraline and N-desmethylsertraline in nine mother-infant pairs. Results: Sertraline levels were very low (less than 2 ng/ml) in seven of the nine infants and low (3 ng/ml) in one. N-Desmethylsertraline levels were also low (6 ng/ml or less) in seven of the nine infants. One infant had a high level of N-desmethylsertraline, and one infant bad unusual serum sertraline and N- desmethylsertraline values (half of its mother's levels). All infants were thriving. Conclusions: Most breast-feeding infants whose mothers were taking sertraline had very low serum levels of both sertraline and N- desmethylsertraline, consistent with published reports. The authors discuss in detail the one infant with unusually high levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)690-692
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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