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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Cymbalta and Pregnancy
I am wondering if Cymbalta can be taken while pregnant and are there any known side effects for the baby or possible problems for the baby.
Cymbalta, like all other antidepressants, can be taken during pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risks. We don't know if there are any risks for congenital malformations with cymbalta, because it has not been used for more than about 10 years in the US, but there is not data suggesting it causes malformations. At the time of delivery if the mother is taking cymbalta the newborn may be at risk for serotonin withdrawal, which is uncomfortable for several days, but not dangerous. The decision about risks and benefits must be weighed with a physician who is familiar with your particular risks for depression and your pregnancy status.
Lawson Wulsin, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, Training Director of the Family Medicine Psychiatry Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati