my psychiatrist just prescribed me this medication for treatment of my bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder. 100mg daily which is a very low dosage. i was on 400 mg before pregnancy. first off, im wondering if 100 mg will even do anything to help me, and secondly, im wondering if its really safe during pregnancy. my actual OBGYN prescribed celexa but i knew better then to take that. id been on that before and it didnt work...it made me worse. it worsened my mania symptoms. i found out that bipolar patients should NEVER take anti depressants because of this very reason. which explains why id been on practically every anti depressant known to man before my diagnosis as bipolar. celexa, lexapro, prozac, zoloft, effexor, paxil, xanax, you name it. this is the only medicine that seemed to help me, but i had discontinued it because of the pregnancy, the doctor said that since im 29 weeks it wouldnt hurt the baby as all its organs are fully formed, etc. i looked it up online and found this...............................
the Editor: Tamás Tényi, M.D., Ph.D., et al. (1) were the first, to our knowledge, to report pregnancy in a woman receiving quetiapine. There is little information as yet concerning the safety of atypical antipsychotic drugs used in pregnancy. We report the case of a woman who was treated with risperidone then quetiapine throughout pregnancy without complications.
Ms. A, a 33-year-old woman, experienced a first episode of psychosis that was initially treated with risperidone, 4 mg/day. After 2 weeks, her medication was switched to quetiapine because of a combination of higher prolactin levels (1997 mU/liter; <550 is the normal maximum) and poor clinical response. Pregnancy was diagnosed during week 4 of the 39-week gestation, after 2 weeks of quetiapine treatment. Conception took place despite hyperprolactinemia.
A collaborative decision was reached to have Ms. A continue taking quetiapine throughout pregnancy because of the level of risk and family history of psychosis. We found no reports of complications during pregnancy or teratogenicity in the medical literature or manufacturer’s database regarding quetiapine. Clinical improvement was monitored by using various clinical rating scales at baseline and at the 6-week, 3-month, and 9-month time points. Ms. A’s scores on the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale were 21, 0, 4, 0, and 1; her Global Assessment Scale (2) scores were 35, 84, 81, 91, and 89. Her side effects were negligible. Her initial maintenance dose of 300 mg/day was reduced to 200 mg/day at week 21. This dose remained stable until 4 weeks before Ms. A’s estimated due date, when her quetiapine dose was reduced by 50 mg/day each week to enable br___t-feeding after birth. Ms. A remained in remission throughout pregnancy and at week 39 gave birth to a healthy girl. The baby weighed 3.61 kg. Her Apgar score in the first minute was 8, and after 5 minutes, it was 9. No problems developed in the first month postpartum. There was no exacerbation of psychosis, and successful br___t-feeding was initiated.
This case adds to the small database on the safety of administering atypical antipsychotic drugs at conception and throughout pregnancy. Given the low risk of extrapyramidal and s_xual side effects with these drugs, it is likely that they will be used in younger, s_xually active patient groups. This report and that of Dr. Tényi et al. on the safety of quetiapine during pregnancy are encouraging. More information is required regarding the long-term effects on children exposed to these drugs in utero. We concur with Dr. Tényi et al. (1) that a cautious clinical approach should be adopted that weighs benefits and risks on a case-by-case basis...............................
IT SEEMS SAFE? ANYONE KNOW OF ANY HARMFUL EFFECTS? IM PARANOID AS ALL GET OUT BUT I NEED SOMETHING. IM HAVING MULTIPLE PANIC ATTACKS DAILY AND CAN'T EVEN REALLY FUNCTION ANYMORE. I DONT WANT TO EVEN GET OUT OF BED. THIS IS HORRIBLE. ANYONE KNOW OF THE EFFECTS OF SEROQUEL ON THE UNBORN CHILD? [[ EXSCUSE THE CAPS BUT I WANTED TO MAKE WHAT I WAS SAYING SEPERATE THAN WHAT I FOUND ONLINE AS RESEARCH]]