|Drug||FDA pregnancy category*|
Can I take Lexapro while pregnant?
The overall risk of damage to your growing baby is small, most studies have found. That doesn’t mean that there’s no risk, of course. Generally speaking, sertraline (you may know it better as Zoloft) and escitalopram seem like reasonably safe options for use during pregnancy.
What drug classification is Lexapro?
Escitalopram is used to treat depression and anxiety. It works by helping to restore the balance of a certain natural substance (serotonin) in the brain. Escitalopram belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).
What antidepressants can you take while pregnant?
SSRIs are generally considered an option during pregnancy, including citalopram (Celexa) and sertraline (Zoloft). Potential complications include maternal weight changes and premature birth. Most studies show that SSRIs aren’t associated with birth defects.
What is Pregnancy Category B?
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Can Lexapro cause birth defects?
While Lexapro has yet to be recalled from the medical marketplace, the antidepressant medication has been linked to serious birth defects including hypoplastic left heart syndrome and PPHN (persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn).
Can Lexapro cause miscarriage?
Miscarriage can occur in any pregnancy. It is unlikely that citalopram/escitalopram would increase the chance for miscarriages. There have been some studies that suggested taking antidepressant medications may slightly increase the chance for miscarriage.
Does Lexapro make you feel happy?
Along with Celexa, Lexapro, and Xaxas, these medications — known as SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors— enhance your mood by producing serotonin in the brain.
What can you not mix with Lexapro?
Drug interactions of Lexapro include monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), tryptophan, St. John’s wort, meperidine, lithium, triptans, tramadol, warfarin, aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and other drugs that cause bleeding.
Why is Lexapro bad for you?
Serotonin Syndrome and Withdrawal
Patients taking Lexapro or Celexa should watch for serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome is when the body has too much serotonin. It can be fatal. Patients who take two drugs that affect the body’s serotonin levels are at risk for serotonin syndrome.
What is the safest antidepressant for pregnancy?
Some antidepressants are considered safer for pregnant women than others.
Antidepressants that are considered safer include:
- Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Amitriptyline (Elavil)
- Desipramine (Norpramin)
- Nortriptyline (Pamelor)
- Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
How can I calm my anxiety while pregnant?
Make Meditation a Daily Practice
The soothing effects of meditation can help to ease anxiety during pregnancy. The main component of a good meditation practice is controlling the breath. This means concentrating on allowing your body to find its natural, relaxed rhythm through deep breathing.
What medications are not safe during pregnancy?
What medicines should you avoid during pregnancy?
- Bismuth subsalicylate (such as Pepto-Bismol).
- Phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine, which are decongestants. …
- Cough and cold medicines that contain guaifenesin. …
- Pain medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen (such as Advil and Motrin) and naproxen (such as Aleve).
What does pregnancy risk category C mean?
Category C: Either studies in animals have revealed adverse effects on the fetus (teratogenic or embryocidal, or other) and there are no controlled studies in women or studies in women and animals are not available. Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
What class is ibuprofen in pregnancy?
Use of OTC Pain Medications in Pregnancy
|Drug name||FDA pregnancy risk classification by trimester (1st/2nd/3rd)||Drug class|
|Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)||B/B/D||NSAID analgesic|
|Ketoprofen (Orudis)||B/B/D||NSAID analgesic|
|Naproxen (Aleve)||B/B/D||NSAID analgesic|
What is a Class C drug mean?
Class C drugs are considered by Parliament to be the least harmful of the controlled drugs. These include benzodiazepines, steroids and subutex (buprenorphine).