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Is It Safe To Stop Using Antidepressants While Pregnant
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
We are ttc and I am battling some major depression. If I take an antidepressant and then stop when I get pregnant is that safe?
None totally safe: All antidepressants are class c; meaning certain risks exist. However, when potential benefits outweigh risks, sertraline, bupropion and other agents are often cautiously used. Ect has been advocated; but for sure, the safest method is psychotherapy (as only treatment, or in combination). Ask your dr, best wishes ! ...Read more
I'm trying to get pregnant but really feel as though I should be on antidepressants. Are there any safe to take?
Yes: When women have been experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety which affect their lives, it's best to see a physician who can evaluate and see if you are a candidate for medication. If you do take a pill and desire pregnancy, sertraline has one of the best safety profiles. Prozac (fluoxetine) is another. Biggest risk is pph, risk is around 1 in 2000. Talk with doctor about your symptoms first, good luck. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: It is important to adequately treat anxiety and depression in pregnancy. Depending on the severity of the mood disorder (and the type of antidepressant someone is taking) it is sometimes better to continue medications. Before stopping antidepressants, it is important to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Never stop an antidepressant abruptly without consulting your doctor. Some types of antidepressants are ok in pregancy. Uncontrolled maternal depression during pregnancy could also be detrimental to you and the fetus. Talk to your OB or midwife about recommendations for monitoring during your pregnancy or potentially weaning from your medications with supervision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: For many antidepressants it is not necessary to stop while trying to get pregnant, but may want to wean when you find out you are pregnant. It depends greatly on which type though. That being said, if you are feeling good and have been on the medicine for a very long period of time and you are leading a generally healthy lifestyle, your doctor may want to try to wean you off of them. Ask dr! ...Read more
Meds while pregnant : The "ssri" antidepressant have been studied in pregnancy and were thought to be generally safe. However they can still can effect the baby. But there is growing evidence that untreated depression has risks of its own. Non medication based treatment should be considered but please speak to your doc to weigh out the risks vs benefits for you and the baby. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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