... like to ask which is the risk that Escitalopram affect the baby, if the dosis I´m taking is 15 mg/day. Please, give an answer. Thank you!
Lexapro is a category C drug, meaning animal studies show abnormal results in fetuses, but no reliable research has been done on humans to determine the risks.
The above poster is correct that the most harmful time to be taking an SSRI/SNRI (Lexapro is an SSRI) is during the 3rd trimester, because the baby can suffer withdrawal syndrome from Lexapro (which has nasty side-effects, but normally aren't fatal in adults).
I'd be careful though - if Lexapro is the only thing keeping you from committing suicide, it might be wise to continue taking the drug, but perhaps lowering the dose by tapering down slowly. If you are only mildly or moderately depressed, however, there are other options you can consider that have less risk to your baby.
Wellbutrin is considered "safer" by doctors (it is also a Category C, but isn't associated with nasty withdrawal effects)... and opiates are a third-line treatment for depression and are not harmful in normal doses to a fetus.
You should also be in therapy to help your depression (or anxiety/ocd or whatever condition you are taking Lexapro for). Medication alone is not effective long-term when treating mental illness, research strongly suggests.
- Escitalopram Information for Consumers
- Escitalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Escitalopram (detailed)
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