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/.
Yes. Antidepressants are risky in pregnancy, but some are less than others. When choosing a ssri for example some are category b, others are c thus carrying a high risk of fetal injury. The counterpoint is the seriousness and importance of treating depression and more importantly post-partum depression which can imperil mom and baby.

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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...
There is a common on. There are no guarantees for safety because we don't do direct testing of drugs on unborn babies. However, zoloft is commonly used with good results. Paxil (paroxetine) on the other hand tends to be a no no. Read more...
Pregnant. No antidepressant is safe without balancing risks/benefits, and with your ob/gyn working closely with your prescribing doc., especially during first trimester. Read more...

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

Yes. At this dose the chances of anything bad happening to baby are about 1 in 2000 for pulmonary hypertension. The best studied antidepressants in pregnancy are Prozac (fluoxetine) and sertraline (zoloft). Bottom line, there is minimal risk to baby and there is risk to mom for untreated depression in pregnancy. It's an important decision to make with your doctor, knowing the risks and benefits. Best of luck. Read more...
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...

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...

What kind of antidepressants are safest during pregnancy?

Depression/pregnancy. Although antidepressants may be necessary at times, there are no 100% safe antidepressants during pregnancy. The risks and benefits of taking medication during pregnancy must be weighed carefully on an individual basis. Often psychotherapy is a better choice. You should talk to your doctor to make an informed choice for you and your baby. Read more...
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...

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

Depression. Medication is only part of the treatment. Adequate diet to prevent hypoglycemia and good sleep are essential. Some medications have been linked to neonatal complications. Celexa (citalopram) remains a relatively safe medication in pregnancy. Consult with your obstetrician. Read more...
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...

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

Please discuss with. Your OB who knows you and your OB can refer you to pysch if necessary, if you need to be on them some are better and safer than others but that is too involved to discuss here so you need to make an appointment with your OB and book enough time to go over your symptoms and your OB can explainthe pros and cons and refer you to the right person if necessary. Read more...
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...

Is it normal that antidepressants change in effectiveness during pregnancy?

Yes. With weight and hormonal changes one may need to adjust the dose during pregnancy. However i would caution against being on any antidepressants during pregnancy as most are classified as category c or higher in risk to the fetus. Please check with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits vs the risk before discontinuing. Read more...
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...

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...

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...