Antipsychotic drugs and pregnant or breast feeding women: the issues for mental health nurses

Usher, K., Foster, K., and McNamara, P. (2005) Antipsychotic drugs and pregnant or breast feeding women: the issues for mental health nurses. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 12 (6). pp. 713-718.

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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.

Item ID: 656
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2850
Keywords: antipsychotic drugs, breastfeeding, mental health nursing, perinatal psychotic illnesses, pregnancy
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Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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