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I've ben taking zoloft (sertraline) and just found out im pregnant. what is a safe anti depressants during pregnancy?

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Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
SSRI: There is no safe antidepressant in pregnancy.There is always the balance of risks to the baby and the benefits to the mother. The ssri are dangerous in first trimester when baby internal organs forms and malformations can occur. So if possible avoid ssri in first trimester. Then make sure you keep you appt. To get all fetal screens done
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Risks vs benefits: Zoloft (sertraline) is one of the safer choices. The decision to continue certain meds must be on a case by case basis weighing the risks of any mecication vs the risk of not using them. Women with severe depression should continue meds. Others may be able to wean off. Depression can be a serious medical issue. Discuss with your doctor and decide together if you should continue or wean off the medication.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Those TV lawyer ads are wrongfully scaring people. There is no proven connection between zoloft and birth defects. There is a small birth defect risk in all pregnancies and since zoloft has been considered one of the safest in pregnancy it is used the most by women. So a mother with depression has a child with a birth defect, zoloft is more like to be the one prescribed.
Feb 12, 2012

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