Medications for Postpartum Depression

There are a number of medications for postpartum depression and your doctor can help you decide which one may be best for you. It’s important to take into account the side-effects and benefits of each medication and to be aware of which types can enter the breast milk and affect your baby. It is unlikely you will be offered medication as a single form of treatment unless you have already tried talking therapies and not found them helpful. Usually, a combination of medication, therapy and self-help is advised. Medications you may be offered can include antidepressants, sleeping tablets, and tranquilizers. There is also an herbal alternative remedy called St. John’s Wort which has been shown to be effective in Treating Postpartum Depression. Taking antidepressants can help increase the levels of mood-boosting chemicals in the brain and ease symptoms such as low mood, irritability, sleeplessness and lack of concentration. They have been shown to improve moderate to severe Postpartum Depression during the first few weeks in 50-70% of women, although not everyone will find them effective. If you decide that antidepressants are the right treatment, your doctor will be able to explain the benefits and side-effects to you and make sure you are aware if they will enter the breast milk or not. All anti-depressants can take between two and four weeks to start working and you will usually be advised...

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