Study eases concern at antipsychotics use in pregnancy

March 18, 2024
UNSW Sydney

The use of antipsychotics during pregnancy isn’t linked to childhood neurodevelopmental disorders or learning difficulties, UNSW Sydney-led study shows – giving assurance to those concerned about continuing their medications during pregnancy.

Antipsychotics – a branch of medication designed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – are important tools for mental health care management. They work by blocking the effect of dopamine, which can help reduce psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions.

These versatile medications are also widely used for other mental health conditions and developmental disorders, like anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorder, and insomnia.

But many women and pregnant people using these medications may feel concerned about the potential risks they pose to their unborn baby.

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