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Not All Antidepressants Taken During Pregnancy Are Safe for Baby

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However, experts caution if you are already taking medication for anxiety and or depression and become pregnant, stopping treatment should only be done under the supervision of your doctor.

The results of the six-year UCLA study appear early online Dec. 19, 2014 in the peer-reviewed journal Neuropsychopharmacology and was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (MH064756, MH086108), the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the Shirley and Stefan Hatos Foundation, and the UCLA Weil Endowment Fund.


“Early exposure to antidepressants affects adult anxiety, serotonin transmission” UCLA Press Release via Science Daily 19 Dec. 2014.

“Perinatal vs. Genetic Programming of Serotonin States Associated with Anxiety.” Stefanie C Altieri, Hongyan Yang, Hannah J O'Brien, Hannah M Redwine, Damla Senturk, Julie G Hensler, and Anne M Andrews. Neuropsychopharmacology (19 December 2014) | doi:10.1038/npp.2014.331

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“How to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs” Simon Young. J Psychiatry Neurosci. Nov 2007; 32(6): 394–399.

Reviewed January 6, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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