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J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2005 Dec;12(6):713-8.

Antipsychotic drugs and pregnant or breastfeeding women: the issues for mental health nurses.

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School of Nursing Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld, Australia. kim.usher@jcu.edu.au

Abstract

Antipsychotic drugs and pregnant or breastfeeding women: the issues for mental health nurses Mental illness can affect up to 10% of pregnant women, and women with a pre-existing psychiatric condition are more likely to experience a relapse of symptoms during pregnancy. Antipsychotic drugs are an important part of the treatment of psychotic illnesses; however, their safety with pregnant or breastfeeding women has not been fully established. Given that these drugs will be ordered for pregnant or breastfeeding women diagnosed with a psychosis or with a pre-existing psychiatric condition, it is imperative that mental health nurses and others administering the drugs, or caring for those taking the drugs, be aware of their consequences. A review of the available evidence, albeit at times contradictory, is presented along with a discussion of the implications for mental health nurses. Recommendations for consideration when administering or counselling women regarding the use of antipsychotic drugs in pregnancy or when breastfeeding, are also included.

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