Dangers of not treating depression

Here are some interesting facts about not taking anti-depression. Although this article, and I in previous post, have stated the dangers of not treating depression. Always be careful of the medications and other materials that are taken while breastfeeding.

“Here are some things to consider with anti-depressant use in pregnancy: Women are 5 times more likely to relapse when anti-depressants were discontinued during pregnancy. The effect of untreated depression during a pregnancy can include negative obstetric and neonatal outcomes. There is evidence that uncontrolled maternal depression can cause fetal growth restriction, low IQ, and can even effect future language development. Only really high doses of SSRIs have been showed to cause fetal malformations (in rats-simply because you cannot do those tests on humans). Switching medications or lowering dosage is not recommended if current treatment is working. However, treating depression with medication for the first time during a pregnancy is particularly difficult as emotions during pregnancy may be labile. However, all medications have side-effects and risks. A baby born to a mother who has been taking SSRIs (especially after 20 weeks gestation) is more likely to experience withdrawal from the medication. One of the greatest risks of SSRI withdrawl is neonatal persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). PPHN symptoms in the newborn are as follows: jitteriness, mild respiratory distress, rapid breathing, weak cry, poor muscle tone, etc. However, these symptoms tend to resolve soon after birth. There may be an increased risk of miscarriage with first-trimester anti-depressant use, however it could not be ruled out that this was not also an effect of the depression itself. It is recommended that the SSRI, Paxil (paroxetine) should be avoided during pregnancy possibly due an increased risk of fetal heart defects and PPHN.”


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