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Are antidepressants safe during pregnancy?

Are antidepressants safe during pregnancy?

Usually: This is a risk-benefit decision must be made between yourself and your physician. The risk varies by antidepressant, but the majority of the data indicate many antidepressants are likely safe in pregnancy. A resource that puts this into context is: http://www.Womensmentalhealth.Org/specialty-clinics/psychiatric-disorders-during-pregnancy/. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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


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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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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 taking recola during pregnancy safe?

Is taking recola during pregnancy safe?

Lozenge: If you are referring to the throat lozenge ricola, then the answer is most definitely yes. ...Read more

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Approved BP medications that women can take while they're pregnant?

Approved BP medications that women can take while they're pregnant?

Few: Very few BP medications like Labetalol and methydopa are safe during pregnancy and if you decide to breastfeed later. Medication that should be avoided since they cause birth defects are ace inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (arb). ...Read more

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Taking lusic and aspirin pills during pregnancy okay?

Taking lusic and aspirin pills during pregnancy okay?

Only if: Rx ed by your doctor , and under supervision , speak to your og;gyn doctor , as a general rule should not take any medication on your own during pregnancy , with out the knowledge of your doctors during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can non-pregnant women take lactating prenatal vitamins? If, so are there any side effects.

Can non-pregnant women take lactating prenatal vitamins? If, so are there any side effects.

There is a: wide safety margin on vitamins. Check the ingredients; these particular vitamins will tend to have a bit more calcium but otherwise not that different and a wide safety margin. except for costing more, not really a problem. Thru the main page, you can connect directly to me to ask more detailed questions http://www.nerdpocalypse.net ...Read more

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Can taking progesterone during pregnancy affect the developing fetus negatively? Do pregnant women sometimes use progesterone or progestin?

Can taking progesterone during pregnancy affect the developing fetus negatively? Do pregnant women sometimes use progesterone or progestin?

Progesterone: Progesterone is sometimes prescribed in the first trimester for placental support. It is sometimes prescribed in the 2nd trimester for a short cervix. It also can be prescribed as shots for the prevention of preterm labor. ...Read more

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Has anyone taken norfloxacin during pregnancy? Is it allowed for pregnant women?

Has anyone taken norfloxacin during pregnancy?  Is it allowed for pregnant women?

Not recommended: This is not an antibiotic that we routinely use during pregnancy. There are plenty of safer alternatives. Discuss other medication choices with your doctor. ...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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Is dipyridamole drug safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is dipyridamole drug safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: There have been human and animal studies showing that Dipyridamole is safe in pregnancy and when breastfeeding. If you are on this medication, you should continue it until your doctor tells you to stop. ...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 citalopram safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is citalopram safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Usually: I agree with dr. Crystal's reference, but come to a different conclusion. This is a risk-benefit decision must be made between yourself and your physician. The majority of the data indicate citalopram is likely safe is breastfeeding as well as pregnancy. A resource that puts this into context is: http://www.Womensmentalhealth.Org/specialty-clinics/psychiatric-disorders-during-pregnancy/. ...Read more

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What's sideeffect if women use a drug during pregnancy ?

What's sideeffect if women use a drug  during pregnancy ?

Depends: I am assuming drugs mean medications. Medications are put into different categories depending on their affects on baby , some of which are totally safe others are contraindicated during pregnancy. So it depends which drug we are talking about. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for further information. ...Read more

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Is geodon (ziprasidone) safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is geodon (ziprasidone) safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Prenatal Consult: This is a question that needs to be answered on a case-by-case basis. All meds have risks, but it is important to weigh the risks of going off them and benefits of staying on them verses the risks of taking the medication during pregnancy or nursing. Psychiatric conditions pose their own risks to a pregnancy, too. See a perinatal psychiatrist to help you with this risk-benefit analysis. ...Read more

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I used marijuana before pregnancy to help w/ anxiety & depression (quit while pregnant). Is it unsafe to use while breastfeeding?

I used marijuana before pregnancy to help w/ anxiety & depression (quit while pregnant).  Is it unsafe to use while breastfeeding?

Here's the thing: . As with cigarettes, smoking marijuana ?'s carbon monoxide levels in your blood, crosses the placenta & may impact fetal brain development as early as 3 wks. Post-conception.It passes thru breast milk & is inhaled by your baby even if you smoke outside, being stoned is not optimal for infant development or parenting, has a high risk of accidental death or injury & cps/ legal action. ...Read more

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Is there any side effects for women to drink green tea everyday? Especially during the menstrual period

Is there any side effects for women to drink  green tea everyday? Especially during the menstrual period

TCM: In traditional chinese medicine drinking green tea is not recommended during menses. It is reported that during menstruation women may lose 18 to 21 mg of iron in association w blood loss. The tannins in green tea can adversely impact absorption of iron through intestinal mucosa. The tannic acid may also ^ possibility of constipation. ...Read more

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Are there any long-term effects on adult children of mothers who took heroin during pregnancy?

Are there any long-term effects on adult children of mothers who took heroin during pregnancy?

Higher risk : For addiction, but otherwise there is little evidence for adverse effects on adult children of mothers who used heroin during pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic depressive illness, this brain disorder causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more