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Olanzapine use in a manic patient during second and third trimester pregnancy

Authors Choi L, Joo S, Jeong J

Received 19 December 2013

Accepted for publication 8 January 2014

Published 17 February 2014 Volume 2014:10 Pages 325—328


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Lynn Choi, Soo-Hyun Joo, Jong-Hyun Jeong

Department of Psychiatry, St Vincent's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Suwon, Korea

Abstract: Women with bipolar disorder have a high risk for symptom exacerbation during pregnancy and the risk is elevated further when mood stabilizers are discontinued. This report describes a 31-year-old bipolar woman who discontinued medication before pregnancy but had to resume her pharmacotherapy due to manic episodes that recurred during the second trimester. Olanzapine, an atypical antipsychotic, was administered from week 25 of gestation and then replaced with quetiapine in week 35 of gestation. Even though a consensus on clinical interventions for pregnant patients with symptom relapse has not been reached, clinicians should still discuss pregnancy and therapeutic management with every female bipolar patient of childbearing age. This discussion is important because treatment can be managed most effectively in these individuals if pregnancy is planned. Ultimately, clinical decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, weighing the risks to the mother and fetus between the disorder itself and the teratogenicity of pharmacotherapy.

Keywords: pregnancy, bipolar disorder, olanzapine, manic

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