My client has taken 50mg Citalopram throughout her pregnancy and would like to ingest her placenta to combat post natal depression via placenta encapsulation. The placenta is steamed, sliced thinly, dehydrated in a unit, ground and put into capsules with 2-3 taken daily over a 6-8 week period. She will continue to take 50mg Citalopram per day postnatally. Would there be traces of the drug in the ground placenta capsules and if so, would this be significant enough to inadvertently push her prescribed 50mg daily dose upwards?
That's a really good question. All the studies that I have read suggest no benefit from eating the placenta after conceiving a baby. However it's popular with animals do to a few reasons, one of which is to prevent pray from smelling their presents, second for nutrition for the mother. This is also poplar to people of different cultures. There would be some amount of the drug still in the placenta but I'm not sure about the quantity of medication that would remain in the placenta. I would recommend having her talk to her Gynecologist about that. I personally think there wouldn't be much medication in the placenta after conceiving but it's better to be safe than sorry. Hope this helps. Good luck!
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