Antidepressants During Pregnancy

belly of pregnant woman and vitamin pills in the handAntidepressants 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 (703) 435-2555 to schedule an appointment to discuss taking antidepressants while pregnant.