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A 23-year-old female asked:

Can taking citalopram 20mg in pregnancy really harm a foetus mentally and physically. i can't be without it so will never be able to have baby!

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Category C med: This medication is classified as a category c drug when used in pregnancy. The means studies to date show no adverse effects on a developing fetus, but not enough data is available to assign it a safer label.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Citalopram: I am sorry -- your repeated exclamation points indicate you did not like the answers we just gave you. Please discuss your worries with your own physician and your psychiatrist, who know you and your personal needs best. Please also know there are other medications for depression which have been on the market longer, and which could have more documented safety in pregnancy. Best wishes to you.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Dr Pappas, I appreciate your common sense & honesty in responding. Heidi
Mar 27, 2013
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Considered safe.: Citalopram is generally considered safe during pregnancy. It is fda class c, which basically means there is no strong data to outright call it safe, and there are sporatic reports of it causing issues with newborn lungs. The overall risk is low, i would definitely discuss with your ob/gyn first though.

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