Monthly Archives: December 2011

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Pregnancy

Understanding posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during pregnancy is important given that PTSD is relatively common and persistent in nature.  PTSD will occur in approximately 10% of women in their lifetime, with one-third of episodes lasting more than five years.  Given the relatively high prevalence of PTSD in young women and the chronic nature of the illness, many women may experience PTSD symptoms during pregnancy.

Clinical Case: Would You Use Gabapentin (Neurontin) During Pregnancy?

Ms. P is a 32-year-old married woman who presented for consultation regarding the use of medication during pregnancy.  She had been taking fluoxetine (Prozac) 20 mg for many years for the treatment of recurrent major depression and generalized anxiety.  In addition, she was prescribed gabapentin (Neurontin) for sleep.

Escitalopram (Lexapro) and Pregnancy

Both citalopram and escitalopram are antidepressants belonging to the SSRI class.  While escitalopram (marketed in the U.S. as Lexapro) contains only the S-stereoisomer (or enantiomer) of the drug citalopram, Celexa or generic citalopram is a racemic mixture of the S-citalopram and its mirror image, R-citalopram, which is less effective as an antidepressant.