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Conception on bipolar meds ?

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will Bipolar medicine affect me and make it hard to conceive a baby

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replied May 21st, 2010
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Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

I can understand your concern. I am not sure what medications you are taking. Hence I will give you a general picture.

Lithium and first-generation antipsychotics such as Haldol and Thorazine are preferred because they cause minimal risks to the fetus. Some anticonvulsants (Depakote and Tegretol) can cause birth defects and hence are avoided.

If you are planning a pregnancy then taking only one mood stabilizing medication is less harmful than exposure to multiple medications. If you are planning a pregnancy, talk to your psychiatrist first.

You cannot go for sudden change in medication. Hence give your psychiatrist time to adjust your medicines before you conceive. Hope this helps. Take care!

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