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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-33

More questions than answers! Clinical dilemmas in psychopharmacology in pregnancy and lactation


Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore - 560029, India

Correspondence Address:
Geetha Desai
Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore - 29
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.44901

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Women in childbearing age frequently suffer from mental illness. Maternal psychiatric disorders may have a devastating impact on the fetus and the newborn. Thus treating or preventing relapse of these disorders during pregnancy and puerperium is a clinical and ethical duty with the necessity to avoid or minimize fetal or neonatal drug exposure. Though there are many guidelines and comprehensive reviews regarding drug safety in pregnancy and lactation, the application of these recommendations into clinical practice appears to be complex. Hence, we present some clinical questions with answers considering the available literature on safety of psychotropics in pregnancy and lactation.



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