Psychopharmacology in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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Abstract

The use of psychotropic drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding remains a controversial topic. There are several reasons for the controversy, ranging from the misperception that pregnancy is protective against mental illness, to the notion that women should be "pure" during pregnancy and avoid all extraneous substance use, and finally, to the stigma and misunderstanding of psychiatric illness and underestimation of how serious it can be. Fortunately, the currently available data are reassuring for most psychiatric medications-properly controlled studies indicate little to no risk for most (but not all) psychiatric medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2017

Keywords

  • Antidepressants
  • Breastfeeding
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Postpartum depression
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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