Antidepressants, pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you have been prescribed an antidepressant and you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s best to get specialist advice which takes into account your particular situation.

Ultimately, this is a decision for you to make, after weighing up the risks and benefits of treatment for yourself and your child. You should also consider the possible harms of not having your depression treated. Talk to your doctor about this decision. Information is also available from these information lines:

  • National: Medicines Line, 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424)
  • New South Wales: MotherSafe Service, 02 9382 6539, or toll-free on 1800 647 848 (outside Sydney)
  • South Australia: Women's and Children's Hospital, 08 8161 7222
  • Victoria: Royal Women's Hospital, 03 8345 3190
  • Western Australia: Women's & Newborn Health Services at King Edward Memorial Hospital, 08 9340 2723
  • Australian Capital Territory: The Canberra Hospital, 02 6244 3333

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