July 02, 2015

Q: Is it okay to take more than one antidepressant during pregnancy?

A: If you're currently taking medication, and you're planning on becoming pregnant, consult a reproductive psychiatrist, or talk to your ob-gyn. Your practitioner may try taking you off your medication, or switch you to one with a better safety profile, if necessary. "Generally, it is best to minimize the number of medications to the lowest effective number, but it is also important to treat the symptoms," says Healy Smith, M.D., a reproductive psychiatrist at the Women's Mental Health Clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. "What you don't want is to be on medication and be symptomatic, because then the fetus is exposed to both, so in some cases it is preferable and safer to be on multiple medications."

Answered by Parents.com-Team