Psychopharmacology in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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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)
Pages (from-to)217-238
Number of pages22
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2017


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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