Zoloft While Pregnant: What You Need to Know
Is Zoloft safe to take while pregnant?
When a woman becomes pregnant, everything she ingests can impact the developing fetus. This includes foods and beverages, as well as over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and illegal drugs. For this reason, it is recommended that women avoid using substances as much as possible during their pregnancy. However, this may prove to be difficult if not impossible for some women who depend on prescription medications to function in their daily lives.
Zoloft is a prescription medication used to treat several disorders including depression, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, and more. It is an antidepressant classified as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).
If you are wondering whether you can take Zoloft while pregnant, schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss the potential benefits and risks of the medication. Currently, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) classifies Zoloft under pregnancy risk category C. This category indicates there is a lack of significant human research to determine whether Zoloft is completely safe for use during pregnancy.
If you are currently using Zoloft and become pregnant, do not adjust your treatment schedule until speaking with your doctor. Abruptly stopping your Zoloft treatment will put you at greater risk of experiencing Zoloft withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, insomnia, vivid dreams, headaches, dizziness, tiredness, irritability, achy muscles, chills, nausea, and depression. These withdrawal symptoms may add unneeded stress for the developing fetus, which is why you should talk to your doctor about tapering off Zoloft if you do not want to use it during your pregnancy.