Posted by Claudia Grazioso on September 14, 2011
Anyone who has ever wrestled with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or knows someone who has, understands how debilitating this disorder can be. And unfortunately, many women experience a spike in their OCD symptoms during pregnancy. Though there are several ways to treat OCD without prescription drugs, for some people medication really is the best way to get the relief they need. Luvox, also known as Fluoxamine, is frequently prescribed to treat OCD, as well as Social Anxiety Disorder. It is also occasionally used to treat depression.
Luvox, like many antidepressant drugs, is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. Like so many SSRIs, it has been given a rating of Category C by the Food and Drug Administration, which means that although clinical trials have not been completed on humans, there is reason to believe it might be harmful to developing fetuses based on animal studies.
What kind of harm can be done to a developing fetus? In animal studies on Luvox CR, it ranges from an increased risk of miscarriage to low birth weights and eye defects. Additionally, babies born to mothers who were taking Luvox CR in their last trimester of pregnancy have been reported to experience symptoms that range from increased irritability to seizures. For this reason, some doctors suggest at least lowering the amount of Fluoxamine you take, especially in your third trimester of pregnancy.
And if you have an infant, are taking Fluoxamine and are breastfeeding, know that Fluoxamine has been found in the breast milk of nursing mothers. Though there have been no reported ill effects from breastfeeding while taking Fluoxamine, the American Association of Pediatrics considers it a drug whose “effects on nursing infants are unknown but may be of concern.”
If you suffer from OCD, Social Anxiety Disorder or depression, talk with your doctor about whether to continue with your medication during pregnancy. Remember, the stress of an untreated condition isn’t good for your baby, either. Work with your healthcare practitioner to find a solution that works well for you and your child.