12 doctors weighed in:
Are there any meds for depression/bipolar that are safe to take during pregnancy?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Uncertain
There are some meds that are known to be potentially unsafe to the fetus.
However, there are quite a few meds for which the risk is unknown. As a result, decisions about using meds for mood disorders is handled on a case by case basis, with a thorough discussion of what is known about a particular compared to what might be the risk of not using meds.

In brief: Uncertain
There are some meds that are known to be potentially unsafe to the fetus.
However, there are quite a few meds for which the risk is unknown. As a result, decisions about using meds for mood disorders is handled on a case by case basis, with a thorough discussion of what is known about a particular compared to what might be the risk of not using meds.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Hmmm
Safety during pregnancy is a matter for discussion between patient, a high risk obstetrician & doctor who prescribes the meds.
Risk to the mom of not treating must be weighed against the benefit of treating with risk to baby. Benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety in bipolar, but can be dangerous in pregnancy. Neuroleptics are generally safer, and anticonvulsants can be quite dangerous.

In brief: Hmmm
Safety during pregnancy is a matter for discussion between patient, a high risk obstetrician & doctor who prescribes the meds.
Risk to the mom of not treating must be weighed against the benefit of treating with risk to baby. Benzodiazepines are used to treat anxiety in bipolar, but can be dangerous in pregnancy. Neuroleptics are generally safer, and anticonvulsants can be quite dangerous.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Carlos Barrios
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Coordinate Drs.
With this diagnosis, you would need to see your ob/gyn and psychiatrist and request they coordinate with you about the risks and benefits of the pregnancy.
In general, there are psychotropics that are relatively safe staring in the second trimester forward. Take care.

In brief: Coordinate Drs.
With this diagnosis, you would need to see your ob/gyn and psychiatrist and request they coordinate with you about the risks and benefits of the pregnancy.
In general, there are psychotropics that are relatively safe staring in the second trimester forward. Take care.
Dr. Carlos Barrios
Dr. Carlos Barrios
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Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Depression needs to be managed in Pregnancy and a range of anti-depressants are available that can be prescribed for treatment during pregnancy.
See your ob-gyn and psychiatrist to have the right medications for you.

In brief: Yes
Depression needs to be managed in Pregnancy and a range of anti-depressants are available that can be prescribed for treatment during pregnancy.
See your ob-gyn and psychiatrist to have the right medications for you.
Dr. Rahil Malik
Dr. Rahil Malik
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Careful planning before conception & communication amongst the OB, psychiatrist, prenatal genetic counselor, pediatrician, patient & spouse are key to balance risks of the illness vs. risks of medications.Sudden withdrawal of mood stabilizers & anti-depressants can lead to resurgence of symptoms. See http://www.everydayhealth.com/bipolar-disorder/bipolar-disorder-and-pregnancy.aspx
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