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Doctor insights on: Commonly Used Psychiatric Drugs That Pregnant Women Shouldnt Handled

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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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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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Are Enalapril, losatan used only in pregnant women with hypertension?

Are Enalapril, losatan used only in pregnant women with hypertension?

BP in pregnancy: Drugs of the ACE-I class, Enalapril and the angiogtension receptor blocker class, losartan cannot be used in pregnant women. They must be taken off those drugs as soon as they find out that they are pregnant. Other drugs can safely be used to treat hypertension in pregnancy other than those. ...Read more

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Some cultures use drugs for centuries (like khat) is "addiction" just a modern phenomenon? Can addictive substances be used safely in other cultures?

Some cultures use drugs for centuries (like khat) is "addiction" just a modern phenomenon?  Can addictive substances be used safely in other cultures?

Universal: Addiction occurs in every culture and every country. There is no safe place to use addictive substances. If you have a genetic predisposition to addiction, refrain completely. Remember, "No matter where you go, there you are." the image here is khat teeth. A detailed review of consequences of KHAT is available here http://apt.rcpsych.org/content/9/6/456.full ...Read more

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Can organic fertility drugs be effective like the prescribed drugs?

Can organic fertility drugs be effective like the prescribed drugs?

Qualified NO: Herbal medications have a place but they do no have to be studied and proven effective like prescribed drugs. We do not fully understand what they do as research is lacking. Some of my patients see acupuncturists and naturopathic providers and i allow them to prescribe herbs but usually we stay away from herbs during ivf for example where the costs of failure is high. ...Read more

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Are sedatitive medication or drugs classed as "hypnotics" a problem when taken with ethanol?

Are sedatitive medication or drugs classed as "hypnotics" a problem when taken with ethanol?

Interact: Alcohol and sedative hypnotics can have additive effects. This can increase the risk of respiratory depression, motor abnormalities, poor judgement, low blood pressure, balance problems, etc ... And, oh yeah, risk of death. They are not to be mixed. ...Read more

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Are premonitory dreams a real entity? How are they treated since they tend to be violent and negative. Is seroquel (quetiapine) ever used?

Are premonitory dreams a real entity?  How are they treated since  they tend to be violent and negative. Is seroquel (quetiapine) ever used?

Premonitory dreams: These were described in Freud's case 'The Rat Man' , which he described as fulfilling an unconscious wish. If such dreams are disturbing to the dreamer, a low dose of Seroquel (quetiapine) 25mg. may help. ...Read more

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I have urine incontinence only when taking anti-depressants including meds from tca, ssri & snri classes. Are maois likely to cause similar probs?

I have urine incontinence only when taking anti-depressants including meds from tca, ssri & snri classes. Are maois likely to cause similar probs?

Puzzling: I am unfamiliar with antidepressants causing urinary incontinence. Mao inhibitors are old and very tricky medications to work with as they interact seriously with many meds and certain foods like aged cheeses. Your psychiatrist is best qualified to advise you about the side effects of these different medications. ...Read more

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What "drugs" were used in ancient societies to treat depression?

What "drugs" were used in ancient societies to treat depression?

Cathartically: Laxatives were prescribed by ancient greeks along with music & comidies. ...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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Which drugs can be taken by pregnant women with schizophrenia, which last 4 years had 7.5 olanzapine in order to prevent damage of the fetus.?

Which drugs can be taken by pregnant women with schizophrenia, which last 4 years had 7.5 olanzapine  in order to prevent damage of the fetus.?

Options: Most antipsychotics are rated pregnancy category c which means that risk cannot be excluded but may be outweighed by benefits two into psychotic's pregnancy category b which means they have not shown birth defects in animal studies these are lurasidone and clozapine. ...Read more

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Do injectables medicines (e.G. Gonal) that are used along with IUI cause ovarian cancer in women?

Do injectables medicines (e.G. Gonal) that are used along with IUI cause ovarian cancer in women?

Gonadotropins: There is no simple answer, but the answer beat supported by the literature is that women with infertility are at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Menopausal gonadotropins used for fertility treaents do not at this time to be causal of epithelial ovarian cancer. ...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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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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Is it true that psychiatrists are allowed to prescribe 3 controlled substances at once?

Legally, Yes: Whether that is a good idea or a terrible idea depends, of course, upon the specific details of the patient's situation (symptoms, likelihood of misuse, concomitant medications, etc.). ...Read more

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Are there any malaria medications that can be taken and considered safe for G6PD deficient patients?

Are there any malaria medications that can be taken and considered safe for G6PD deficient patients?

G6PD: There is a theory that the disease itself is protective against malaria. The theory however, is unproven.Most anti-malarials will cause hemolytic anemia so it is important to discuss the problem with your doctor ...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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Y doctors don't consider herbs in treatment as in olden times herbs were the only option to treat the ailment which were not only effective but safe?

Y doctors don't consider herbs in treatment as in olden times herbs were the only option to treat the ailment which were not only effective but safe?

Considering herbs: Integrative and holistic medicine doctors do use herbs in medical treatment. Sometimes they can be first line. In germany, for instance, this is often the case. In the us one must be very careful of herbal products because they are regulated as foods, not medicines. In many cases pharmaceuticals could be more reliable, and their effectiveness more measurable. Drs. Try to do their best for you. ...Read more

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