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Is there an ssri that can be taken during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Risks versus benefits

Technically none of the antidepressants are officially approved for use in pregnancy.
That being said many patients need these medications to function normally. In those cases the theoretical risk of exposure does not outweigh the certain need to take the medication. You and your doctor would discuss the situation and decide on a case-by-case basis if treatment is warranted.

In brief: Risks versus benefits

Technically none of the antidepressants are officially approved for use in pregnancy.
That being said many patients need these medications to function normally. In those cases the theoretical risk of exposure does not outweigh the certain need to take the medication. You and your doctor would discuss the situation and decide on a case-by-case basis if treatment is warranted.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Most are compadible

There are a variety of ssri medications & most fall into category c for pregnancy risk, meaning no human studies show a link with fetal defects although some animal studies are suggestive.
They have similar cautions during breast feedings. The pediatrician should be aware of their ssri exposure as their alertness is often subdued for the first day or so. Discuss with your ob.

In brief: Most are compadible

There are a variety of ssri medications & most fall into category c for pregnancy risk, meaning no human studies show a link with fetal defects although some animal studies are suggestive.
They have similar cautions during breast feedings. The pediatrician should be aware of their ssri exposure as their alertness is often subdued for the first day or so. Discuss with your ob.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Specifics

After reading the other answers, be aware that special situations can further change how this important question is assessed: does the mom have a history of depression that seriously compromises her function, is the need for antidepressants early or late in the pregnancy, etc.

In brief: Specifics

After reading the other answers, be aware that special situations can further change how this important question is assessed: does the mom have a history of depression that seriously compromises her function, is the need for antidepressants early or late in the pregnancy, etc.
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
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