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Doctor insights on: Bipolar Women Taking No Drugs During Pregnancy

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Is Mybulin safe to take for headaches during pregnancy? Also, epitec seems to be a safe drug for pregnant bipolar sufferers. Doctors are divided.

Is Mybulin safe to take for headaches during pregnancy? Also, epitec seems to be a safe drug for pregnant bipolar sufferers. Doctors are divided.

Mybulin contains: 200 mg Ibuprofen, 350 mg paracetamol (acetaminophen), and 10 mg codeine for pain. It is best to avoid ibuprofen, especially in the last trimester. Prolonged use of opioids (codeine) during pregnancy can result in physical dependence in the newborn. It is best to review risks with your Obstetrician. Acetaminophen alone may be best choice. Best regards. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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Can you give me suggestions with bipolar during pregnancy..?

Can you give me suggestions with bipolar during pregnancy..?

Treatment is needed: Untreated mood disorders can have a negative effect on pregnancy. From poor appetite, unmotivated to care for self, risk of suicide to recklessness, and impulsiveness effects of bipolar disorder can adversely effect pregnancy. These need to be taken into consideration along with the risks and benefits of treatment for a given individual. ...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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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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Can pregnancy cause bipolar?

Not directly: Pregnancy cannot cause bipolar, but if you are bipolar or are genetically predisposed to bipolar then the hormonal changes of pregnancy can exacerbate the mood swings. To some extent mood swings may be normal during pregnancy. There are some medications used for bipolar that are safer than others during pregnancy. See a psychiatrist if you are concerned. ...Read more

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I have bipolar II and will be on lamotrogine, guanfacine and wellbutrin (bupropion) post-pregnancy. Should i breastfeed?

I have bipolar II and will be on lamotrogine, guanfacine and wellbutrin (bupropion) post-pregnancy.  Should i breastfeed?

Ask pediatrician: Most medications come with warnings not to take when breast feeding even though the amount of drug found in the milk is very small. Your pediatrician and psychiatrist and you need to discuss the possible risks involved so you can make an informed decision.There are also risks of post partum depression if you stop your meds and breast feed. ...Read more

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My mom took phenobarbital the last trimester of her pregnancy with me, could this by why I have bipolar disorder?

My mom took phenobarbital the last trimester of her pregnancy with me, could this by why I have bipolar disorder?

No specific BPD link: While it has a definite serious risk of birth defects and long-lasting cognitive function damage in babies born to mothers who took that drug (or other barbituates), there is no specific mood disorder Dx linked to it. That said, it may indeed show a non-causal correlation if it was studied. Physicians (and patients) didn't know the risks then - we may be unknowingly doing harm now. Take care! ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which biploar and anti-anxiety medications are safe during pregnancy?

Expert opinions? Which biploar and anti-anxiety medications are safe during pregnancy?

Coordinate Drs.: If indeed you are having such symptoms, at least a visit to urgent care is recommended and if you feel you are at risk of harm to self or others a call to emergency services needs to happen. In general, there are psychotropics that are relatively safe staring in the second trimester forward. If time allows, discuss with ob/gyn or primary care physician first if need to see psychiatrist. Take care ...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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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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. 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