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Alternative to zoloft while pregnant ?

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Dear Doctor:

I am terribly depressed, due date September 4th, I have only gained 1 lb. of the 4 lbs. I lost between months 3 - 4 (due to depression and anxiety). I am getting prenatal care. I was prescribed zoloft, but became violently ill and never took it again. Is there an alternative Rx? I want to drink - but have not. I am very depressed, not financially stable, and have been abandoned by the child's father.

Thank you in advance for your advice.

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replied April 17th, 2010
Depression During Pregnancy Answer A11322

Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am glad to help you out. Antidepressants are definitely risky drugs to b used during pregnancy as they can lead to many problems in the foetus. Zoloft can cause persistent pulmonary hypertension and also neurological developmental delays. These drugs should be avoided during pregnancy as far as possible.

Please consult a psychiatrist for the same as it’s not possible to diagnose online and prescribe. Other SSRI class of drugs like escitalopram is relatively safe but still needs to be avoided as far as possible. I sincerely hope this information helps. Take care.

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