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Doctor insights on: Effects Of Zoloft During Pregnancy

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Is Zoloft (sertraline) safe during pregnancy?

Is Zoloft (sertraline) safe during pregnancy?

Maybe: Almost everything affects the fetus. We do not know if Zoloft (sertraline) does. However, whether to use it during pregnancy depends on weighing the risks of not using it against the benefits of using it. I always defer to the OB/GEN overseeing the pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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What are some possible side affects to the baby when you take Zoloft (sertraline) 150mil during entire pregnancy?

What are some possible side affects to the baby when you take Zoloft (sertraline) 150mil during entire pregnancy?

Minimal: The side effects of ssris like zoloft on an infant exposed in utero are very rare and almost non-existent. Some infants have developed pulmonary hypertension but it is more common with Paxil and Effexor (venlafaxine) than zoloft, and even then it is very rare. Be aware that depression itself can also have a negative impact to the baby and that has to be weighed against the risk of the medication. ...Read more

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Does the risk of Zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy increase as the mg are increased? Is there a safe dose that is greater than 50 mg?

Does the risk of Zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy increase as the mg are increased? Is there a safe dose that is greater than 50 mg?

No: To my knowledge, the risks of exposure to a ssri in pregnancy are not dose dependent. 50mg is starting dose for many women. If your doctor recommends you go to 75 or 100mg that should be fine. You can consult. If your psychiatrist is prescribing for you, make sure to discuss with your obstetrician so both physicians are on board with the plan for you. Most docs will rx lowest dose for symptom. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take Zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy?

Zoloft (sertraline) and pregnancy: Zoloft (sertraline) can be used during pregnancy. However, it is best you consult with a psychiatrist so that you can be informed about all the risks/benefits of being on zoloft (sertraline) vs being off and exposing your fetus to mental illness symptoms. It is all about balancing risks and taking a course of action where benefits outweigh your risks. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is 75 mg of Zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy a safe dose? Is it recommended to taper off during the last few months?

Is 75 mg of Zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy a safe dose? Is it recommended to taper off during the last few months?

It Depends: Sertraline is a category c drug for pregnancy and it is safe during lactation. During pregnancy the risks and benefits are calculated between you and your doctors before coming to a decision if it is safer for you and your baby to be on or off it. ...Read more

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Could a sacral dimple be cause by taking Zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy?

Could a sacral dimple be cause by taking Zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy?

Most probably not: Neural tube deffects are more commonly associated to other meds such as depakote. ...Read more

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Is it more safe to take .25 mg klonopin or 150mg Zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy? Have been on klonopin for 10 yrs & dr wants to switch to zoloft (sertraline)?

Is it more safe to take .25 mg klonopin or 150mg Zoloft (sertraline) during pregnancy? Have been on klonopin for 10 yrs & dr wants to switch to zoloft (sertraline)?

Meds & Pregnancy: The fda rates Klonopin as a category d for safety in pregnancy; zoloft (sertraline) is a category c. Klonopin has been associated with some fetal malformations, but this is not consistent. It may be more problematic to take both of these drugs together than it is to take either one alone. http://www.womensmentalhealth.org/ssris-and-benzodiazepines-reproductive-safety-of-combined-treatment/. ...Read more

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If anxiety med had to be taken during pregnancy, is it better to take .25 mg klonopin or 150 mg of zoloft (sertraline)?

If anxiety med had to be taken during pregnancy, is it better to take .25 mg klonopin or 150 mg of zoloft (sertraline)?

Medications: This is a decision that should be made with the psychiatrist, the obstetrician & the patient. As a psychiatrist i would recommend a selective serotonin reuptaker inhibitor over a benzodiazapine. Some women may elect to stop use of psychotropic medications but for others the risk of stopping outweighs the benefits. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Sertraline (Definition)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Zoloft (Definition)

Zoloft is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more