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I've recently just found out I'm 3 weeks pregnant. I've been

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Hi, I've recently just found out I'm 3 weeks pregnant. I've been taking 1000mg of epilim & 10mg of saphris daily for about 18 months now. I went to my GP who has referred me to an obstetrician in at least three weeks time, however I am to continue taking the medication in the meantime. I'm aware of the adverse side effects of epilim during pregnancy, so I'm extremely concerned about continuing to take this medication. I feel as though I'm just going to be causing further damage. I realise I can't just stop taking the drug, but should I reduce the dosage in the meantime?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 11 months ago.

Hi. My name is***** and I am online and available to help you today. Thank you for your patience.

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That is an excellent question and there are no easy answers.

So what should you do?

You, really, need to get answers sooner rather than later....answers that can, really, only be given by the MDs who know you best.

I suggest you call or walk into your OB/GYNs office, or the one you will be seeing, and ask if the doctor can spend a few moments answering your questions about the true risks to your baby from taking your medication.

If she suggests you change or stop your medication then you will have to get into a neurologist ASAP to get a new medical management plan. This seems to be outside the expertise of your GP.

As you already know the first trimester is very important when comes to issues with medication etc.

Does this make sense to you?

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Dr. Rick MD FACS