Asked by: Gerald Lefort
asked in category: General Last Updated: 15th February, 2020

What does lithium do to a fetus?

The risks to your baby associated with taking lithium during pregnancy are: Heart defects. Taking lithium in early pregnancy increases the risk that your baby's heart might not develop properly (your doctor or midwife should monitor your baby's heart using ultrasound scans).

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Consequently, can lithium cause birth defects?

DOES LITHIUM CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS. Retrospective studies have suggested that lithium taken in the first trimester of pregnancy may cause congenital malformations, especially Ebstein's anomaly of the heart. However, retrospective recall of factors that might affect pregnancy outcome can be biased or incomplete.

Subsequently, question is, what pregnancy category is Lithium? Safety of Psychiatric Medications During Pregnancy and Lactation

Drug FDA pregnancy category*
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) C
Lithium D
Valproic acid (Depakene) D

Likewise, can lithium be used during pregnancy?

Lithium is an effective treatment in pregnancy and postpartum for the prevention of relapse in bipolar disorder. When lithium is prescribed during pregnancy, lithium blood levels should be monitored more frequently than outside of pregnancy and preferably weekly in the third trimester.

Does lithium cross the placenta?

Lithium crosses the human placenta freely [2] and affects vasculature formation in the fetus [4]. Because the majority of vasculature forms during the first trimester, lithium affects the development of the fetus most in the first trimester [7].

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