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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 answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
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.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
MEDICATION: Best to discuss medication with your Psychiatrist & Gynecologist. If uncomfortable with your Dr. consult another for a second opinion. Consult with a Clinical Psychologist for psychotherapy with ZOOM sessions. Fears & anxiety could be heightened due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Stay safe & hopeful to elevate your immune system.
Dr. William Wilson
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.

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