Study to help Bipolar and depressed pregnant women
An article published Nov. 1, 2013 in the American Journal of Psychiatry measures blood levels of lamotrigine in pregnant women.
This medication is used to treat bipolar disorder.They found the levels of lamotrigine to be significantly lower during pregnancy. About half of all pregnant women experienced worsening of their depressive symptoms.
Depressed pregnant women don’t take care of themselves and that poses risks to the fetus. The articles helps doctors modify their patients’ medication dosage in order to reach proper blood levels and to avoid symptoms of depression.