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Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 357–360 | Cite as

A closer look at the preventative effect of antidepressants in postpartum depression

  • Verinder Sharma
Short Communication

Abstract

Antidepressants are commonly recommended for prevention of postpartum depression; however, there is a lack of clarity about their role in the reduction of postpartum recurrences. Surprisingly, there are only two randomized controlled trials, one open trial, and one prospective cohort study on the subject. Evidence in support of the use of antidepressants is limited to a study of only 22 women. Due to the paucity of extant literature, no firm conclusions can be drawn about the prophylactic efficacy of antidepressants.

Keywords

Postpartum Postnatal Prevention Depression Antidepressants 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank Mona Elamoury, MD, for her assistance with the preparation of this manuscript.

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Conflict of interest

Verinder Sharma has received grant support from, participated on scientific advisory boards for, or served on the speakers’ bureaus of Assurex, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cephalon, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly, Genome Canada, Janssen, Lundbeck, Neurocrine Biosciences Inc., Pfizer, Servier, The Stanley Medical Research Institute, and Sunovian Pharmaceuticals.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Perinatal Clinic St. Joseph’s Health Care, Parkwood Institute, Mental Health CareWestern UniversityLondonCanada

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