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Question: sibutramine while pregnant

 minue - Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:09 am

I am taking sibutramine and im 12 weeks pregnant im taking 30 mg a day i want to know if that can harm the baby
 Debbie Miller, RN - Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:03 pm

User avatar Hello,
This is in a class of antidepressants, often used for weight loss purposes. It has not been shown to cause an increased risk of birth defects. However, it's safest to avoid any unnecessary medications in pregnancy just to be on the safe side. Since extensive testing is not done in pregnant or breastfeeding women, we don't have a lot of data but relatively few prescription and other therapeutic drugs have actually turned out to be the cause of problems in human babies whose mothers take them. Talk to your doctor because antidepressants should not be stopped suddenly and the risks and benefits should be considered when deciding about the use during pregnancy.

Best wishes.

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