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Is it normal that antidepressants change in effectiveness during pregnancy?

Is it normal that antidepressants change in effectiveness during pregnancy?

Discuss with U MD: Taking antidepressant during pregnancy can have negative effect on baby .U should avoid this unless u md recommend it. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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 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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Is it ok to take antidepressants during pregnancy?

Is it ok to take antidepressants during pregnancy?

Varies: Most are cat c meaning concerns exist for animal studies and not proven safe in preg humans. There are times when a pt. And her baby are safer taking an antidepressant, esp if suicide is a risk. You and your physician can decide together what is best for you. ...Read more

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What kind of antidepressants are safest during pregnancy?

What kind of antidepressants are safest during pregnancy?

It's all relative: All antidepressants are labeled category 'c' that is to be avoided during pregnancy. However it has been shown that untreated depression during pregnancy can pose more problems to unborn child due to increase certain stress hormones like cortisol. Talk to your psychiatrist before taking any decision. ...Read more

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I'm looking for opinions on antidepressants during pregnancy. Thoughts?

I'm looking for opinions on antidepressants during pregnancy. Thoughts?

Antidepressants: I agree with dr. Patterson that this is a complicated discussion, and one that should happen between you, your ob-gyn physician, and your psychiatrist. There are risks associated with both being depressed in pregnancy, and with using antidepressants in pregnancy -- but these need to be weighed in each individual woman's case. In the meantime, here's some helpful info: http://tinyurl.Com/l57wsxn. ...Read more

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Is there a way to lose extra weight that was put on during pregnancy due to antidepressants?

Is there a way to lose extra weight that was put on during pregnancy due to antidepressants?

Weight gain: Don’t strive to lose your pregnancy weight instantaneously. Your body has just been through a lot. If you breast feed your baby that will burn extra calories. Make sensible nutrition choices. Remain physically active. Ensure that calories burned exceed calories consumed. Take care. ...Read more

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Are there any antidepressants that are safe to take during conception/pregnancy? Thanks!

Are there any antidepressants that are safe to take during conception/pregnancy? Thanks!

Fairly safe: The general rule is to avoid all drugs when pregnant. But depression is a risk in pregnancy too, so these risks must be weighed. If a woman can function without antidepressants during pregnancy, she should. But if she is clinically depressed, most psychiatrists feel that medicating (usually with an ssri) is safer for both mother and baby than leaving the depression untreated. ...Read more

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Is citalopram (antidepressants) at 40mg daily safe during pregnancy?

Is citalopram (antidepressants) at 40mg daily safe during pregnancy?

Treatment choices: The mainstream thinking is that the benefits of treatment should outweighs the risks of treatment during pregnancy. That is a consideration to be taken by doctor and patient in view of the history of the condition and the actual mental status of the patient at that time. Most doctors will prefer to withdraw the medications if possible. It is a real challenge for both, patient and practitioner. ...Read more

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What are considered the most effective antidepressant to use during pregnancy?

Same as not pregnant: First line antidepressants used for treating depression are ssris. These are safe during pregnancy. There was research done suggesting that Paxil (paroxetine) caused an increase in pulmonary hypertension in babies, but this study was found to be false. Also, if you plan on breastfeeding you may not want to take Prozac as it stays in the blood stream longer than others and can be easily transferred to baby. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor prescribe antidepressants during pregnancy despite the risk?

Why would a doctor prescribe antidepressants during pregnancy despite the risk?

Deperesion/pregnancy: There are risks to having untreated depression during pregnancy. The possible risks of using medication are low, and may be less than the risks of not using medication. ...Read more

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Should I substitute therapy for antidepressants during pregnancy?

Should I substitute therapy for antidepressants during pregnancy?

See below.: Hopefully, you are already receiving therapy. There are some potential side effects of antidepressants. However, you need to discuss this with both your OB and psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Antidepressants and pregnancy, are they safe? Do they work?

Antidepressants and pregnancy, are they safe? Do they work?

Depression: Depressed pregnant patient usually continue their meds. Which is important for their wellbeing.Caution for strong antidepressant during the first trimester should be done because of affecting the baby. ...Read more

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I am at week 23, is it better to use antidepressant at the beginning of pregnancy or at the end?

I am at week 23, is it better to use antidepressant at the beginning of pregnancy or at the end?

No Standard Exists: Use of antidepressants during pregnancy remains controversial. Recent studies suggest that left untreated, depression and anxiety can be harmful to both mother and fetus. The decision to treat or not to treat, the timing of the treatment, the dosing, and selection of medications is complex. The expecting parents, the obstetrician, and the psychiatrist must all work as a team during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to use antidepressants in pregnancy if you really struggle with depression?

How dangerous is it to use antidepressants in pregnancy if you really struggle with depression?

Risk vs benefit: All antidepressants have potential risk for fetal development, but no specific problems have been identified. Depression can also lead to behavior that can have effects on the fetus. Psychotherapy would be a better option, but if depression is severe enough to cause poor self care or abusive behavior it is worth the risk. Talk to your doctor about how your depression effects you. ...Read more

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Will taking antidepressants affect results on a pregnancy test?

Will taking antidepressants affect results on a pregnancy test?

No: You can be just as pregnant on antidepressants as off them, and the test will be just as positive. ...Read more

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What antidepressant is safe in pregnancy? My depression is bad, not to mention my panic attacks.

None: Panic attacks are caused by poor oxidation in brain tissue and it is an excellent indicator of poor diet, especially all the sweet "junk". There is no time in a woman's life when diet is more important and you need better vitamin supplements, particularly b complex. ...Read more

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Does anti-depression medicine affect the effectiveness of birth control pills? Take other precaution to prevent pregnancy?

Does anti-depression medicine affect the effectiveness of birth control pills? Take other precaution to prevent pregnancy?

Generally No: Antidepressants generally do not alter the effectiveness of Birth control, but to be safe it is recommended to use condoms as well which help prevent STI's as well as pregnancy. So in using both BCP and Condoms, you would be safer. Best wishes. ...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 it safe to take welbutrin during pregnancy if you have never ever been on anti depressants? It was given to me for anxiety, but i don't know much a

Depression: I would be skeptical of this medication in your pregnancy. Try using the free anti anxiety app for daily support and methods to contain anxiety, you can read about the app on the soundmindz.Org web site. Go for a second opinion regarding the med suggested, consult with your obgyn especially. Wishing you the best for a healthy baby and healthy mom. ...Read more