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Updated Information on Antipsychotics and Pregnancy

Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: June 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 6 - p 25
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000398536.29413.42
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  • All antipsychotics now carry a revised pregnancy warning stating that they carry a risk of inducing abnormal muscle movements (extrapyramidal symptoms) or withdrawal symptoms in infants born to mothers who use the drugs in the third trimester.
  • Infants born under such circumstances should be monitored closely after birth.

Diane S. Aschenbrenner is the course coordinator for undergraduate pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. She also coordinates Drug Watch: dianea@son.jhmi.edu.

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