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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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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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