What bipolar medications are safe during pregnancy?
As such, clinicians should provide maintenance treatments in anticipation of potential pregnancy and be aware of which medications pose the fewest risks.
- Atypical antipsychotic medications.
- Typical antipsychotic agents.
- Adjunctive/alternative medications.
Which antidepressants are considered OK during pregnancy? Generally, these antidepressants are an option during pregnancy: Certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs are generally considered an option during pregnancy, including citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft).
- Smoking during pregnancy affects you and your baby's health before, during, and after your baby is born. The nicotine (the addictive substance in cigarettes), carbon monoxide, and numerous other poisons you inhale from a cigarette are carried through your bloodstream and go directly to your baby.
- Amphetamine, the other component of Adderall, should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Infants born to mothers dependent on amphetamine have an increased risk of premature birth and low birth weight. Also, these infants may have symptoms of withdrawal.
- Sertraline is one of the better studied antidepressants during pregnancy. There are reports of more than 10,000 pregnancies exposed to sertraline during the first trimester. A small number of studies have found associations between sertraline use during pregnancy and particular birth defects, such as heart defects.
Women taking the antipsychotics quetiapine, olanzapine, or risperidone during pregnancy did not have higher rates of complications such as gestational diabetes, preterm birth, or infants with extremely high or low birth weight, according to a matched, population-based cohort study published May 13 in the BMJ.
- The risks to your baby associated with taking lithium during pregnancy are: Heart defects. Taking lithium in early pregnancy increases the risk that your baby's heart might not develop properly (your doctor or midwife should monitor your baby's heart using ultrasound scans).
- Chlorpromazine (CPZ), marketed under the trade names Thorazine and Largactil among others, is an antipsychotic medication. It is primarily used to treat psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.
- First, Thorazine is well known for having a powerful sedative effect on those who take it. Indeed, many patients who have taken it are likened to zombies due to its power of sedation. Thorazine was not intended to be used as a tranquilizer/sedative, especially when one takes into consideration the nasty side effects.
More and more women are taking antidepressants while pregnant to keep their symptoms in check. But research is showing that many antidepressants, especially the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and older medications, are generally safe. Birth defects and other problems are possible.
- Anxiety and pregnancy. You should avoid taking Xanax during your pregnancy. However, you should still be sure to get treatment for your anxiety or panic disorder. Having a baby is a joyful experience for many women, but it can definitely cause more stress in your life.
- The decision to take medication for depression while you are breastfeeding is not a simple one. Studies have shown that certain antidepressant medications (such as Zoloft and Pamelor) are probably safe to take while nursing because little if any of the drug is passed through breast milk to the infant.
- Zoloft was once prescribed to pregnant women under the assumption that there was no known health risks to infants. However, recent research confirms that a host of birth injuries and defects can occur after taking several forms of antidepressant medications, including Zoloft.
Updated: 3rd December 2019