3 years ago

Psychotropic medication use during pregnancy

Karen Whitfield, Miranda Niethe


Globally, mental health‐related issues are a growing concern. Pregnant women with mental health‐related illnesses present a unique challenge to health professionals. During pregnancy, the decision to withhold, modify or continue psychotropic medication requires consideration of both maternal and infant outcomes. Health professionals must be aware withdrawal of these medications during pregnancy can often lead to symptom relapse. Decisions around medication management during pregnancy can be challenging due to the lack of data and occasionally conflicting data regarding safety. It is essential that women do not receive conflicting information from health professionals because this can lead to confusion and both intentional and unintentional non‐adherence. Recently, it has been suggested that pharmacists may help optimise medication management and patient outcomes in perinatal care. This review outlines the use of psychotropic medications in pregnancy and discusses key considerations for those involved in providing clinical care to pregnant women with mental illness.

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