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by Dr Charles
Musters and Dr Anthony
Published: August 2012
Psychiatrists often need to prescribe
medication to breastfeeding women. This is because mental illness
is common in pregnancy and the postnatal period: around 13% of
women develop postnatal depression, and 0.1% develop puerperal
psychosis. Medication can be an important part of an overall
This may include antidepressants for patients
with severe depressive illness, and antipsychotics used to treat or
reduce the risk of puerperal psychosis.
Psychological therapies also play an important role
in the treatment of perinatal mental illness, but these are beyond
the scope of this module.
Although the majority of medications are
unlicensed in breastfeeding, many women need medication and wish to
breastfeed. This module will give you the knowledge required
to prescribe with confidence.
Psychotropic medication and the heart: Part
1 and Part
2 by Dr Sridevi Sira Mahalingappa et al
aspects of perinatal loss by Dr William Badenhorst
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