Postpartum depression has several things in common with the other postpartum mood disorders, the utmost being prevention, if at all possible, and early treatment. The most commonly used pharmacological treatments for PPD and other postpartum mood disorders are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and tricyclic antidepressants such as Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, and Elavil; benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medications such as Klonopin, Ativan and Xanax; antipsychotics such as Haldol, Thorazine and Zyprexa; mood stabilizers such as lithium carbonate; and in some cases, tetracyclic antidepressants such as Effexor. Many physicians feel strongly that a severely depressed mother poses a greater risk to a developing baby than low-level exposure to medication. Another option under these circumstances is to stop breastfeeding. You can even do this temporarily while you're on the medication. If you "pump and dump" your milk, you can maintain the supply so that when you're ready to go back to nursing, your milk will be there. Other factors your doctor will probably consider are the severity of your symptoms, your baby's age, and your emotional attachment to nursing and how meaningful it is to you. "Most tricyclic antidepressants can also be used with minimal risk while a woman is breast-feeding. But for the mother, side effects are sometimes a problem."