Should you take Antidepressants During Pregnancy?

Pregnant woman sitting on bed and holding glass of waterAntidepressants are commonly used to relieve symptoms associated with depression. However when antidepressants are used during pregnancy, there are a lot of things to consider.

Even though untreated depression can cause emotional instability, treating depression with antidepressants while pregnant could cause harm to your baby.

How Do I Know If I Can Take Antidepressants While Pregnant?

The best thing to do if you’re questioning whether you can take antidepressants during pregnancy is to speak to a professional. OBGYN and psychiatric experts agree that if you’re symptom-free for six months, you might be able to stop the use of antidepressants before and during pregnancy.

To make it through your pregnancy without antidepressants, focus on exercising, eating a well-balanced diet, and talking to a therapist. If you have severe depression, or have ever been suicidal, it’s best for you and your baby if you stay on antidepressants while pregnant.

Are Some Antidepressants Safer Than Others?

Some antidepressants are considered safer than others. SSRI paroxetine (Paxil) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are discouraged during pregnancy due to the potential of stunting growth and an increased risk of heart defects.

The following antidepressants are typically safe to use during pregnancy:

  • Bupropion (Wellbutrin) – This drug is also helpful to fight urges to smoke while pregnant
  • Desipramine (Norpramin)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Amitriptyline (Elavil)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
  • Citalopram (Celexa)

There is no right answer when deciding to take antidepressants during pregnancy. It’s important to speak with a health care professional before stopping or continuing medication.

Contact our office at (561) 368-3775 to schedule an appointment to discuss taking antidepressants while pregnant.

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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