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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Manic-Depression

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An indi vidual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 11/4/1999]
Question: Currently I am taking Carbamagine (Tegratol)900mg, Dextroamphetamine (Dextrostat)40mg, Lamictal 600mg, Buspirone (Buspar) 1mg. I have wanted to get pregnant for a while. I know that there are risks involved while taking this medication. But I suffer severe manic-depression (Bipolar II, rapid cycler), so not taking the medications is just as serious because I am a danger to myself (very suicidal, reckless, etc.) What are the risks factors I am looking at?

Thank you
Liz Davis

Answer: No way of knowing, but some of the seizure medications seem to have a quite high risk. You should discuss this with a high risk Ob-Gyn specialist.

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