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 Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
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|Keywords:||antipsychotic drugs, breastfeeding, mental health nursing, perinatal psychotic illnesses, pregnancy|
|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%|
|Deposited On:||23 Oct 2006|
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