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Is it safe to take antidepressants during pregnancy?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Most experts agree that some new-generation antidepressants (e.g., Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor, Wellbutrin, and Luvox) are safe for use during pregnancy. Note that Cymbalta, Strattera, Lexapro, Celexa, nefazodone, Pristiq, Viibryd, and Remeron have only recently come to market and there is inadequate data to evaluate safety during pregnancy. These newer antidepressants are associated with the same rate of birth defects as that found in the general population (i.e., in pregnant women who are not taking medications). In contrast, the antidepressant Paxil has been associated with increased risk of cardiac defects and should not be used during pregnancy. High doses of Desyrel should not be used during pregnancy.

Antidepressants are secreted in breast milk, but the amounts are extremely low. Most experts agree that it is safe to breastfeed while taking newer-generation antidepressants. Among antidepressants, Zoloft has the lowest level secreted in breast milk.
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