A 28-year-old female asked:
I was on prozac before pregnancy. i am severely depressed at 26 weeks on no meds. my doctor suggested lexapro (escitalopram). how dangerous would it be to start now?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Know risks: Any use of medications have risks vs benefits. There are risks to taking the Lexapro (escitalopram) while pregnant, but severe depression is also a risk to your pregnancy. You should express your concerns to your OB.
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Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
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Family Medicine 48 years experience
Depression : I do not recommend using SSRI type medications for depression in patients who are pregnant. Another option is using 5-htp 150 mg daily. This will increase your serotonin levels in a much more natural way. You might also consider adding the amino acid L-tyrosine 1,500 mg daily. Taking both of these precursors will increase all of your monoamine neurotransmitters.
19 viewsAnswered Dec 14, 2020
Last updated Dec 14, 2020
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