You wanted to know what's the safest antidepressant to take during pregnancy. And this is a great question for your doctor who can assess your need for medication. They can look at your medication regimen in the past and decide what will be best for you and your baby during pregnancy. We can't ethically study the effects of medication on pregnancy, including antidepressants. Most of the studies we have are observational or they're done in retrospect, so we look at women who have taken certain antidepressants during pregnancy and look at the possible side effects. And we do know that there are side effects associated with certain types of antidepressants. For example, SSRIs, which are commonly used, may cause birth defects, preterm labor, pregnancy complications, and even cause issues for the baby after delivery. So if we know that a woman has been on SSRIs, then we watch her very closely and we also watch the baby after delivery. If a mother absolutely needs antidepressants to function, then again, a doctor can decide what kind is going to be safest and carry the minimal risk for you and the baby. If you have more questions for me in the future, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/IntermountainMoms, and recommend us to your friends and family too.
The class of drugs mentioned are called "SSRI's", which means "Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor". Too bad, but there is *NO* credible evidence that so-called "depression" is caused by low serotonin levels. That's literally MARKETING HYPE..... You'd do better going to >madinamerica.com<, and reading some *TRUTH* about the pseudoscience drug racket known as "psychiatry"....
Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.
They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
Depression Medications (Antidepressants)
These are the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, and possibly but less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain.
SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression, and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
SSRIs block the reuptake, or absorption, of serotonin in the brain. This makes it easier for the brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.
They are called "selective" because they mainly seem to affect serotonin, and not the other neurotransmitters.