I just found out I’m pregnant. Should I stop my antidepressant medication?

No! Be sure to check in with your doctor or midwife first, since so many psychiatric medications are safe in pregnancy.

Many women want to make sure all the drugs they are taking are safe in pregnancy, and because of this, many will stop taking everything until they’ve checked in with their OB/GYN or midwife. However, stopping any medication suddenly can be dangerous, and the same is true of stopping medications to treat depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric conditions. Before you go cold turkey, put a call in to your doctor or midwife as they can review your medication list even before your first prenatal appointment.

Stopping a medication that you need could lead to worsening depression, anxiety, and related symptoms, including psychosis and suicidal tendencies. Depression in pregnancy is serious, so be sure to prioritize your mental health, and ask your doctor or midwife for guidance regarding your best treatment options.

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, December 2018

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