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Trying to conceive. On depakote, buspin for anxiety. Will they affect pregnancy? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 28-May-2013
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Doctor:How are you?
Doctor:Please proceed with your query
User:i am 38 and got married 5 months back
User:now trying to get pregnant
Doctor:That is good XXXXXXX
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:however i am taking anxiety medicines for a year like deepakote polaris and buspin regularly and my husband also taking tegrital and sizodon regularly for a long time...will this affect in getting pregnant or our future baby
Doctor:All these medicines are Psychiatric medications
Doctor:These are definitely strong medicines
User:will they affect prgnancy
Doctor:They are not safe
User:in wat way
Doctor:Chances are high that it may affect the pregnancy
User:in wat way
User:can u be more clear
Doctor:Give me a moment
Doctor:First, Depakote is contraindicated in pregnancy
Doctor:It is not to be used in pregnancy
Doctor:It causes congenital metabolic syndromes in the newborn
Doctor:Buspin is Category B drug
Doctor:It is not harmful in pregnancy as such
Doctor:But, there are no studies in humans for this drug
Doctor:Buspin can still be used in pregnancy if the benefit- risk benefit ratio is high
Doctor:Tegretal is contra indicated in pregnacy
Doctor:Your husband is taking this medicine, right?
Doctor:Tegretal is Category D drug
Doctor:And is definitely not to be used in pregnancy
Doctor:However, it should not cause you any effects as you are not taking it
Doctor:Sizodon again is not to be used in pregnancy
Doctor:You are not taking Sizodon, so don't worry
User:i am anyway have been advised by my doc to stop all medicines i have been taking once i get pregnant but wat i am concerned about is that will these medicines which me and my husband is taking stop me from getting pregnant
Doctor:It won't stop you from getting pregnant
Doctor:It is better that you stop all the medicines soon
Doctor:Even before you could get pregnant
Doctor:However, these medicines cause no harm for you to get pregnant
User:now since both are taking i hope the baby wont be abnormal
Doctor:But stop them early if you are planning to conceive
Doctor:The drugs remain for long time in the system
User:i can stop but my husband needs to continue
Doctor:Sure, he can continue
Doctor:It will not affect you or the baby in anyways
User:so wat should i do now
Doctor:Do not worry
Doctor:You can stop the medicines in consultation with the psychiatrist,
Doctor:Your husband can continue to take them
Doctor:You should not stop the medicines abruptly
Doctor:It should be tapered slowly
Doctor:Talk to your Psychiatrist and let him know that you want to conceive
Doctor:He shall stop them slowly
Doctor:All the best XXXXXXX
Doctor:Hope you followed me
Doctor:Please ask me in case of doubts
Doctor:Pleasure is mine
User:one more qs please
Doctor:Please ask me
User:what is tegrital and sizodon used for
User:which husband is taking
Doctor:Tegrital is anti- convulsant
User:doc has asked him to use for lifetime
Doctor:It need not be used for a lifetime
Doctor:Sizodon is anti-psychotic
Doctor:It is used in Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder
Doctor:and other mood disorders
User:wat is schizophrenia
Doctor:It is a personality disorder
Doctor:The patient has multiple thoughts and personalities in this
Doctor:With hallucinations
Doctor:It is quite serious condition XXXXXXX
Doctor:Tegrital is used in epilepsy
Doctor:also in bipolar disease
User:wat is epilepsy
User:he had faced some severe ragging in college since then he is taking this
User:before tat he was totally normal
Doctor:Epilepsy in simple term is fits
Doctor:or seizures
Doctor:I understand
Doctor:There are various causes for one to suffer from these diseases
User:will this affect oour married life
Doctor:no, as such
Doctor:But interpersonal relationships is important
Doctor:If the marital life is not good, it can worsen the disease
User:ok we get along very well and have a very gud relationship
User:very loving
Doctor:That is good
Doctor:You should continue the same way
Doctor:Give him support always
User:anything else u need to advise me
Doctor:Yes, XXXXXXX
Doctor:Take everything as easy as possible
Doctor:I do not want your husband or you to be in any trouble
Doctor:Take very good care of yourselves
Doctor:Do not worry about anything in life
Doctor:Anytime, you feel wrong, please talk to someone
Doctor:And please XXXXXXX your doctor
Doctor:It is always better to take precautions
Doctor:don't worry
Doctor:Take care
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