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A 37-year-old female asked:

I currently take lexapro (escitalopram) for my anxiety and panic attacks. my husband and i want a child. what can i do?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vythilingam Alagappan
Bariatrics 40 years experience
Ideally should stop: It depends on how bad your depression is . Its important for a mom to be not depressed and this is even more than the problems associated with the drug itself.
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Lexapro, (escitalopram) Category C: meaning animal studies show risk to fetus but no human studies, also warning against taking it in third trimester, being on any drug doesn't mean not to have babies, unless on certain few drugs that are really toxic to unborn babies, you need to work with your obstetrician when you conceive as well as your psychiatrist to achieve normal healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, good luck
Dr. Matthew Smith
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Complicated.: Anxiety and panic attacks are not good for the fetus. Escitalopram has been taken by many pregnant women without harm; but there is always concern that in a small percentage it could be harmful. Risks may be overstated, but they are still present. You need to make an informed decision with husband, obstetrician, and psychiatrist. Doing without means making some elaborate contingency plans.

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