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What do you know about fluoxetine during pregnancy?

What do you know about fluoxetine during pregnancy?

Prozac (fluoxetine) and pregnancy: Some studies have shown that fluoxetine can cause lower birth weight in the baby. There haven't been alot of good long term studies with this medication and pregnancy. Thanks. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fluoxetine (Definition)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more


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Is 20mg prozac (fluoxetine) safe during pregnancy? Not pregnant yet, but maybe in the future. ITP, hypothyroidism, anxiety. On 50mcg levothyroxine and 20mg prozac (fluoxetine)

Is 20mg prozac (fluoxetine) safe during pregnancy? Not pregnant yet, but maybe in the future. ITP, hypothyroidism, anxiety. On 50mcg levothyroxine and 20mg prozac (fluoxetine)

Category C: Risk can't be ruled out but pretty low-- it's been around longer than all the other Ssris & no major problems noted--most ons in our area okay it the pts I've followed were ok through their pregnancies ...Read more

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Can i take Prozac (fluoxetine) or lamictal during pregnancy?

Ask your doctor: There's no right 'generally speaking' kind of answer for this question. You really should speak to your doctor about the risk vs. Benefits of continuing ssri or Lamictal during pregnancy to you and to the unborn child, as well as the risks vs. Benefits of leaving your symptoms controlled. A lot will depend on how severe your illness (? Psych/neuro) gets when untreated with meds. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking fluoxetine while pregnant? Is it a bad idea to take it during pregnancy?

What are the side effects of taking fluoxetine while pregnant? Is it a bad idea to take it during pregnancy?

Use of Selective: Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssri's)_ (such as prozac) do carry risks when used in pregnancy. There is ^ risk for preterm deliveries, miscarriage, persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn & newborn behavioral syndrome. When deciding whether or not to use ssri's, risk must be carefully weighed against benefit. This is a decision best made between you, the provider who prescribes your >. ...Read more

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Husband and I are thinking of trying to conceive baby #3. I've been on 20mg prozac (fluoxetine) for 3 months and don't want to stop. Is it ok during pregnancy?

Husband and I are thinking of trying to conceive baby #3. I've been on 20mg prozac (fluoxetine) for 3 months and don't want to stop. Is it ok during pregnancy?

Probably : There's debate in the field, but Prozac (fluoxetine) appears to be relatively safe. If you had been on it much longer, my recommendation to continue it would have been stronger. If you can get off it, it is safer for the baby. This is always a difficult decision. The latest data I've read is that a mother's depression is no longer considered dangerous to the fetus, unless it interferes with mother's nutrition. ...Read more

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I take risperdol, trazodone, Prozac (fluoxetine) & lithium. And I think I may be in very early pregnancy. Should I just stop taking them? Could it effect my baby?

I take risperdol, trazodone, Prozac (fluoxetine) & lithium. And I think I may be in very early pregnancy. Should I just stop taking them? Could it effect my baby?

Work with doctors: From the medicines you're taking, it sounds like you've been dealing with a serious mental illness, possibly bipolar disorder. Stopping these medicines suddenly would risk relapse of this illness -- not a good idea. Please discuss these issues with your psychiatrist and obstetrician -- they know you. The risk to your baby and you of getting sick is very high, vs the benefit of remaining stable. ...Read more

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Ttc & stopped takin fluoxetine. Is there any way of distinguishing the difference between recent emotional changes being from early pregnancy symptom?

Ttc & stopped takin fluoxetine. Is there any way of distinguishing the difference between recent emotional changes being from early pregnancy symptom?

Please follow up: Depending on why you were taking the fluoxetine, you could have resurgence of symptoms. Early pregnancy by itself does not cause depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, etc -- but it can exacerbate underlying tendencies. Please follow up regularly with a psychiatrist to make sure you stay as healthy as possible in your pregnancy, & to monitor for any issues so they don't get worse. ...Read more

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Will depression medication such as Prozac (fluoxetine) affect pregnancy tests? Also can they make periods lighter?

Will depression medication such as Prozac (fluoxetine) affect pregnancy tests? Also can they make periods lighter?

No I do not think so: Medicines like Prozac (fluoxetine) are not known to affect pregnancy testing or bleeding significantly. I found this article to help answer your question about bleeding- it appears there is no association. "Serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants and abnormal bleeding: a review for clinicians and a reconsideration of mechanisms." J Clin Psychiatry. 2010 Dec;71(12):1565-75. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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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. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

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