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What are safe depression medications in pregnancy?

What are safe depression medications in pregnancy?

Depends: The food and drug administration assigns risk category ratings for drugs in pregnancy. Category c drugs have been suggested to cause problems in the fetus and should be used with caution in pregnancy if absolutely needed. Category d medications have been proven to cause serious harm to fetus and should be avoided. All the current antidepressants are either category c or d. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Are there any meds for depression/bipolar that are safe to take during pregnancy?

Are there any meds for depression/bipolar that are safe to take during pregnancy?

Uncertain: There are some meds that are known to be potentially unsafe to the fetus. However, there are quite a few meds for which the risk is unknown. As a result, decisions about using meds for mood disorders is handled on a case by case basis, with a thorough discussion of what is known about a particular compared to what might be the risk of not using meds. ...Read more

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Is there any safe cold meds to take with effexor (venlafaxine)?

Is there any safe cold meds to take with effexor (venlafaxine)?

Yes!: i notice you have Asthma and Panic disorder. You need to avoid cold medications that contain a decongestant like pseudo ephedrine due to taking Effexor, and could make your panic attacks worse. Aspirin, Tylenol (acetaminophen) would be okay. Careful with anti histamines like Benadryl, could affect you. If needed Claritin is rejected by the blood brain barrier so is less likely to sedate you. Check w your prescrib ...Read more

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Can you take Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety while pregnant? Is there any options besides SSRI's?

Can you take Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety while pregnant? Is there any options besides SSRI's?

NO Benzos: Xanax, valiium, etc have a history of known causality for birth defects and they are to be avoided in all of pregnancy and breast feeding as these can be passed to the baby causing withdrawal effects and undue mains effects e.g. sedation and loss of breathing drive. 2nd trimmest SSRI's are can use, are the better option in pregnancy e.g. zoloft/ prozac, celexa. No paxil (paroxetine) though. Discuss with ob/g. ...Read more

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Which bipolar and anti-anxiety medications are safe during pregnancy?

Which bipolar and anti-anxiety medications are safe during pregnancy?

Talk to doctor: This is an ongoing difficult area in Psychiatry and Obstetrics. Research is ethically prohibited, so we only have anecdotal evidence. All medicines for bipolar disorder, and all benzodiazepines have risks during pregnancy. A few antidepressants are very safe for depression and anxiety during pregnancy. Please consult with your Psychiatrist and OB. ...Read more

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Are there any anxiety medications that are safe to take while pregnant?

Are there any anxiety medications that are safe to take while pregnant?

I am not giving you: Answer to your question. I wanted to bring up a different option. I have treated a number of pregnant women who have anxiety with weekly acupuncture sessions. It usually tides them over until the next session. It is safe, efficacious and does not cause drug interactions. Take care. ...Read more

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Which anti-anxiety medications are safe for use during pregnancy?

Which anti-anxiety medications are safe for use during pregnancy?

None: There are really no anti-anxiety medications which have been proven to be safe in pregnancy. It is best to avoid any and all medications while pregnant. I am sure your obstetrician would agree. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal medications that can treat depression and/or ocd?

Are there any herbal medications that can treat depression and/or ocd?

St. John's Wort: St. John's wort 300 mg taken 3 times a day has long been recognized as a natural treaent for depression. Other natural remedies include 5-htp 200-300mg taken 1-3 times a day. Try taking this at night, initially. Then increase the number of times taken during the day as needed. Also, regular exercise, meditation, and getting at least 8 hours of sleep have been proven to be extremely helpful. ...Read more

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Any recommended alternative medicines and/or home remedies for depression?

Any recommended alternative medicines and/or home remedies for depression?

Integrative therapy: Alternative treatments for depression include acupuncture, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, meditation, coaching, and herbal supplementation. St. John's wort has been shown to improve mild depression. Of course, it is best to see a trained holistic professional before starting this or any alternative or traditional therapy. ...Read more

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23 weeks pregnant with some depression stopped taking meds due to posble birth defects etc, second trimester are their any meds that are safe to take.?

23 weeks pregnant with some depression stopped taking meds due to posble birth defects etc, second trimester are their any meds that are safe to take.?

At 23 wks..safer now: Most birth defects occur during period of organ formations (organogenesis), usually during first trimester. Most antidepressants have categoryc labeling, meaning animal studies show some risks, but no human trial avialable. At 23 wks, birth defect from these meds are unlikely to occur, but some side effects etc... Consult your doc..Depression can adversely affect pregnancy... Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Is there any risks taking antidepressants over time?

Is there any risks taking antidepressants over time?

At least one study: suggests that it could impact development of Type II Diabetes. REF: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/06/11/what-are-the-long-term-effects-of-taking-antidepressants ...Read more

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Prescribed pain meds for migraines, are these safe to take during pregnancy?

Prescribed pain meds for migraines, are these safe to take during pregnancy?

Need more info.: Medications all have a rating on how safe or unsafe it is to take during pregnancy. Without a specific name of the medication(s), it will be impossible to tell if it is safe or not. ...Read more

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What sleep meds and dosages are safe to take during pregnancy?

What sleep meds and dosages are safe to take during pregnancy?

Many options: Always a challenge, sleep in pregnancy can be truly difficult to obtain your adequate share. Medicines are sometimes used. Many are considered safe. That being said less is always more in pregnancy. Use of benedryl, Ambien and Lunesta (eszopiclone) in their standard doses are considered safe in pregnancy. Find natural options, stretching, yoga, and meditation. These will be your best and safest bets! ...Read more

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I can't tolerate taking antidepressants for anxiety. Are there any other options?

I can't tolerate taking antidepressants for anxiety. Are there any other options?

Lots: There are medication and psychotherapy options. Benzodiazapines are very effective for anxiety but have high risks for abuse and dependence. Buspar (buspirone) is a non addictive anxiety medication. But, more than 70% of people can be taken off meds or efffectively treated with cognitive behavior therapy by a psychologist: http://cpancf.Com/anxietydisordersbasics.Asp. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take moringa oleifera along with prozac (fluoxetine)? Are there any possible interactions?

Is it safe to take moringa oleifera along with prozac (fluoxetine)? Are there any possible interactions?

I have checked a #: Of drug interaction reporting sites and have found no reports of drug interactions between these two compounds a far. Cytochrome p450 substrates, including cyp3a4: moringa oleifera inhibits cyp-450 / cyp3a4. It can increase the bioavailability of Rifampin and may interact with other drugs metabolized by cyp3a4. Prozac does not utilize this system. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What diet pill is safe to use with antidepressants? Like Prozac (fluoxetine)

What diet pill is safe to use with antidepressants? Like Prozac (fluoxetine)

I : I always recommend that you speak with the medical provider who is prescribing your antidepressant directly before taking an additional medication, an herbal or a supplement. When medications are mixed, there is a possiblity that they can interact. Another option to help with your weight would be the addition of medical acupuncture to a balance of healthy diet; plenty of water and aerobic activity. Auricular (ear) acupuncture is safe and effective. There are several different protocols for weight loss. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is colchicine safe to take with niacin and prozac (fluoxetine). I mean are there any adverse reactions or interactions?

Is colchicine safe to take with niacin and prozac (fluoxetine). I mean are there any adverse reactions or interactions?

Should be: Niacin is metabolized in the liver. So is Prozac (fluoxetine) and doses adusted and monitered. The Niacin can cause gout and colchcine is used to treat this. Colchacine is metabolized and excreted thru the kidneys. If your doctor and you follow up regularly and labs ekg etc done you should be ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Pam Yoder
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Healthy Pregnancy (Definition)

There are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more