Background General practitioners see many women who may be on medication
for the management of their mental illness before, during, or after a
Objective This article reviews the current evidence and gives practical advice
on management and use of psychotropic medication in women with
mental health disorders in pregnancy.
Discussion The general practitioner is often the first point of contact, and is
vital in giving timely and accurate information and encouraging
appropriate treatment choices in women with mental illness in
our community. The risk-benefit analysis of treatment needs to be
considered in light of the evidence at hand. Specialist opinion in
complex cases must be sought early.
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