Panic Disorder and Anxiety: Risks of Medication during Pregnancy

Panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are not uncommon during pregnancy, with up to 5% and 10% of pregnant women experiencing panic disorder and GAD respectively. Based on registry studies, these disorders have been associated with adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes including preterm birth, small birth size, as well as a required delivery by cesarean section. These studies did not, however, consider the possible effects of medication use by the pregnant mother.

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