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Bipolar disorder in women: Preconception and prenatal maintenance pharmacotherapy

Victoria Hendrick, MD
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Paul Keck, MD
Deputy Editor
David Solomon, MD


Euthymic bipolar patients often receive maintenance pharmacotherapy prior to conception and during pregnancy [1,2]. Onset of bipolar disorder in women typically occurs during childbearing years [3], and most patients are at risk for recurrent mood episodes [1].

This topic reviews preconception and prenatal maintenance pharmacotherapy for bipolar patients. Indications for maintenance pharmacotherapy during pregnancy, the teratogenic risks of medications used for bipolar disorder, preconception counseling and care for bipolar disorder, and the general maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder are discussed separately.

(See "Bipolar disorder in women: Indications for preconception and prenatal maintenance pharmacotherapy".)

(See "Teratogenicity, pregnancy complications, and postnatal risks of antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, lithium, and electroconvulsive therapy".)

(See "Bipolar disorder in women: Contraception and preconception assessment and counseling".)

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