Summer Bucket List for Long Island Kids

For our latest installment of “This, Not That, Thursday” we bring you Dr. Polcino’s “Summer Bucket List for LI kids.”
It features oodles of ideas when it comes to places to go, things to do, events, and activities to do with kids on Long Island! From toddlers to tweens, our Summer Bucket List has great ways to spend the days, and you’re sure to see a smile on everyone’s face.

-Dr. P

Should You Take Depression Medications During Pregnancy?

MH900390528…..The decision to use any medication during a pregnancy is always made with great care after thorough evaluation by the patient and her health care providers.  Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) use during pregnancy has always been controversial and now even more so due to recent articles on the subject.  Here are some important points:

  • Depression and anxiety are common in women of childbearing age, and many of these women are being treated successfully with medications, especially the SSRIs.
  • Stopping any antidepressant medication before or during a pregnancy can bring about a depressive relapse, especially in women with a history of severe depression.
  • Fetal and maternal well-being is paramount in balancing the risks and benefits of antidepressant treatment in pregnancies.
  • SSRIs seem to work by boosting serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in mood regulation.
  • Prozac (fluoxetine) was the first SSRI antidepressant approved by the FDA, hitting the market in 1988.  It quickly became one of the most prescribed medications in the United States.
  • Prozac, Celexa (citalopram), and Zoloft (sertraline) are three SSRIs that have been used in pregnancies.

-Dr. P