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Monday, October 17, 2005

Fluoxetine (Prozac)

Can I take Fluoxetine (20mg) during pregnancy? I have been taking this for the past year and have recently stopped taking it (for the last 2 months) I notice a HUGE difference in my everyday life. Fluoxetine has been very helpful for me. the reason i stopped taking it was because my husband and I would like to get preganant and i didn't know if this would be harmful in my system?Please let me know!


Dear Kayli,

This is a controversial issue in obstetrics right now. On the one hand, there is a suggestion that some anti-depressants can cause birth defects. On the other hand, significant depression is a health risk, too. You need to talk with the doctor who prescribed the fluoxetine and with an obstetrician to find out all the risks and benefits in your particular situation so you can make an informed decision.



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