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Which antidepressants are safe to take during pregnancy?

Related Topics: Pregnancy, Antidepressant
 

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Some antidepressants are considered safer for pregnant women than others. Antidepressants that are considered safer include:

  • fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
  • citalopram (Celexa)
  • sertraline (Zoloft)  
  • amitriptyline (Elavil)
  • desipramine (Norpramin)
  • nortriptyline (Pamelor)
  • bupropion (Wellbutrin)

But if you are pregnant and taking an antidepressant that is not on this list, do not worry. Even the more controversial ones, including paroxetine (Paxil), have relatively low risk. Changing medications mid-pregnancy poses its own set of problems. Talk to your doctor and see what he or she thinks would be best for you.

If you are not pregnant but planning on becoming pregnant, it may be worth trying a different medication if you are concerned about the safety of your current antidepressant. Again, talk to your doctor to see if this is a good option for you.

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