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I am 30 year old female having bipolar disoder since 15 years and have to go for treatment for the same. Right now i am fine still on arip mt 10 mg for prevention of relapse. I have been fine since last 1.5 years. I am married since 4.5 years and trying to concieve since 3 months. I am also on folic acid cap as advised by doctor. I wanted to know whether the medicine arip mt 10 mg is safe for conception and will it stop me from being pregnant at all as im facing diffuculty in weight loss too. I weigh 79 kg and 5ft 7 inchs. Any way i can get pregnant fast?
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Dr. Antara Gupta
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Yes... your medication is correct. It IS approved for bipolar and it is not stopping you from conceiving.  Arip is much safer as compared to mood stabilisers like valproate or lithium in pregnancy. 
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Dr. Naresh Vadlamani
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First,  Arip is not prescribed for Bipolar Disorder, neither for acute phase or maintenance or relapse prevention. Arip should not affect your chances of conception. Doctors advice against use of any medicines during the first trimester as effects are not known due to non availability of evidence based studies. Try to liaise with your gynecologist and psychiatrist as a team involving your husband as well. Yes people can get pregnant, continue to take medicines after first trimester under supervision, can take care of the child as well.
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Dr. Sharanabasappa A
Psychiatrist 7 yrs exp Bangalore
Hello, Aripiprozole is FDA approved drug for Bipolar prophylaxis,it is a good drug if you are symptoms free , that to you are taking 10mg , and it is comparatively safe in pregnancy and lactation ,and other side effects like EPS and weight gain is less, all most all psychotropic drugs are having teratogenic property comes under category C or D. But as for 10 mg Aripiprozole should be no problem for your conception, there is always a risk benefit for all drugs. Consult your Psychiatrist (good) liaison with gynecologist.
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Dr. Sugandha Gupta
Psychiatrist 11 yrs exp Delhi
Hello, for the reasons for not conceiving you should consult a gynaecologist near you. Aripiprazole is not responsible for your not conceiving. However if you are receiving other medicines concurrently you will need to let your doctor know about each one. Regarding your question about safety profile of aripiprazole, I must tell you that the decision to stop or continue aripiprazole will have to be a risk-benefit analysis which must be collaboratively done by you and your psychiatrist.. The decision rests on multiple factors like number of previous episodes, your recovery between the episodes, your medical status, family history of mental illness etc. Hence my sincere advice for you is to discuss these issues in a relaxed and unhurried manner with your psychiatrist before reaching any conclusive decision.. Hope this helps you.. Best wished...
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Priyadarshi Srivastava
Psychiatrist 6 yrs exp Lucknow
Ideally if you want to become pregnant you should stop this medicine as all these medicines are teratogenic. They can harm the fetus
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