Taking Prozac While Pregnant: What You Need to Know
Can you take Prozac while pregnant?
During pregnancy, women should monitor everything they put in their bodies. Several substances can impact a developing fetus, which is why it is important for women to stay as drug-free as possible while pregnant. Although, this may be difficult or near impossible for some women who depend on prescription medications to function in their daily lives.
Prozac is a prescription medication used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder <p>(OCD), bulimia, and other health disorders. It is classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).
<p>If you are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant and want to use Prozac to alleviate any of the disorders, talk to your doctor about whether Prozac is right for you. Currently, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) classifies Prozac under category C in terms of the safety of use during pregnancy. This category indicates there is not enough research available on human subjects to determine whether the medication is completely safe. For this reason, it is best to only use Prozac if your doctor believes the benefits of the medication will outweigh the possible risks to the fetus.
<p>If you are currently using Prozac and no longer want to use the medication during pregnancy, you should talk to your doctor about tapering off your Prozac dose. You should never adjust your Prozac treatment schedule without first consulting your doctor. By gradually lowering the Prozac dose over time, patients will avoid severe withdrawal symptoms.
If a pregnant woman uses Prozac during the third trimester, the baby may be born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). This syndrome is classified by symptoms such as irritability, excessive crying, jitteriness, increased muscle tone, difficulty breathing, trouble sleeping, tremors, and trouble feeding. If you notice these symptoms in your baby, schedule a meeting with their doctor. Often NAS symptoms are confused for other health issues. In addition, women may be at higher risk for premature delivery if they use Prozac during the third trimester. The baby may also be at risk of low birth weight and length if they are prematurely delivered. Babies exposed to Prozac in the third trimester may also have a higher risk for pulmonary hypertension at birth, though this risk is low.
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