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Abilify and pregnancy do not mix. Studies show that babies may experience withdrawal if their mothers take Abilify (aripiprazole) during pregnancy. Potential withdrawal symptoms include agitation, respiratory distress, and feeding disorders. This medication therefore has earned an FDA pregnancy rating of “C,” meaning it may harm a developing fetus. 

Abilify and Breastfeeding

Abilify is present in breastmilk. Lactating parents should discuss with their medical providers whether to stop nursing or taking the drug. 

FAQ

What pregnancy category is Abilify?

Abilify has a pregnancy category rating of “C,” so it may harm a developing fetus. People should only take it if there is a clear benefit that outweighs the potential risks. 

What antidepressant is safe during pregnancy?

What antidepressant is right for each person depends on many factors, which is why it’s best to let a medical professional make that call. Some antidepressants given to expectant parents include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like citalopram (Celexa) or sertraline (Zoloft).

A medical provider might also consider a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), such as duloxetine (Cymbalta) or venlafaxine (Effexor XR). 

Do antipsychotics affect pregnancy?

It’s important to consider the risks and benefits of any medication taken during pregnancy, including antipsychotics. For some patients, the risk of not taking an antipsychotic outweighs the risks. It’s important to discuss any concerns with a medical provider before deciding on a course of action. 

Can Abilify cause miscarriage?

Unfortunately, a miscarriage is possible during any pregnancy. It’s not clear if this medication increases that risk or not, though, as current clinical studies offer no definitive answer. However, untreated psychiatric illnesses might be just as risky for both parent and fetus.

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