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Old Jan 19th, 2013, 10:56 AM   1
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Anyone on anti-depressants?


Hey ladies! is anyone on anti-depressants? If so, do you plan to come off when TTC. I'm on sertraline (I believe it's zoloft). We're ttc in Aug/September. I have to see my Dr in June anyway for my 6 month medication review, so I will discuss it with him then.

I don't like the idea of being off them, they have helped me so much, but obviously it's what's best for baby xxx



 
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Old Jan 19th, 2013, 15:18 PM   2
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I am on anti depressants, mine are called mirtazapine and im currently on a dose of 45mg.
im in the same situation i don't really want to come off them because how much they have helped me. i am staring to TTC in may and i have discussed this my psychiatrist consultant and he said he would refer me to the pharmacist there to discuss my options of mirtazapine and pregnancy but i am still waiting to hear anything . there isn't much evidence at the moment with my medication.

do you know if they is much evidence with your medication in pregnancy to show it being unsafe? what strength are you on at the moment? maybe it might be an option to cut down to a small dose while you are TTC and pregnant and then after you can take higher dose again.



 
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Old Jan 19th, 2013, 18:20 PM   3
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I've had a quick look on the British Medical Journal, but as I'm not a medic, I don't understand it fully haha.

I'm on 150mg (highest is 200 I think). So yeah, I think he'd drop me to 50mg's.

All my dr has said is that it's ideal to come off, but if you can't, he's had plenty of patients that have had healthy babies whilst on SSRI's.



 
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Old Jan 20th, 2013, 09:34 AM   4
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I just googled your medication and i saw on a thread on netmums that other ladies who were on this and got pregnant they were told it was one of the most safer antidepressants out there.

your dose does sound high though so probably would put it down a bit.

i was on a small dose of 20mg of citalopram when i got pregnant with my daughter and there was no questions asked my gp just told me to come straight off it, im now thinking that things might of been different with my mental state after having my daughter if i was still on some kind of antidepressant during the pregnancy.



 
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Old Jan 20th, 2013, 12:48 PM   5
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My mom had depression during pregnancy after trying to get off her medication. She ended up back on it, at a relatively high dose too because her depression worsened with the pregnancy. What her doctor said was, bottom line, taking antidepressants while pregnant come with risks but they are lower than the risks that come with actually having depression while pregnant.

I recommend if you try to get off them that you back off your dosage VERY slowly. There are often withdrawal symptoms. But if you end up experiencing a relapse of depression off the medicine, you are better off back on the meds! At least that is what my mom's doctor said. There are a lot higher risks that come from the mother being stressed/depressed than from being on meds to prevent that.



 
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Old Jan 20th, 2013, 13:39 PM   6
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I take 30mg of citalopram, I've spoken to my gp, who says that it's the safest to take while ttc or pregnant x



 
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Old Jan 20th, 2013, 19:14 PM   7
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I take paxil. I've been coming off since November, because I thought we were trying in Feb . it's been a decent taper so far,but paxil is not safe so I'm just going to continue coming off . we aren't trying now until September .



 
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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 10:44 AM   8
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I'm on 20mg of citalopram and honestly, my doctor will probably leave it up to me on whether I want to come off the meds or not. In two of my three pregnancies I've had to go back on anti-depressants anyway so I will probably end up just staying on my anti-depressant throughout TTC and pregnancy. My doctor has told me that while citalopram isn't the safest, it's in a class where the risks are minimal and that me being off my meds might do more damage than me being on them.



 
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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 12:36 PM   9
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Thanks ladies! Yes, I think SSRI's are generally safe as far as anti-depressants go x



 
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Old Jan 22nd, 2013, 11:19 AM   10
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I have a strong feeling that it is my meds that have caused weight gain (2 stone in 2 years). And so I'm seeing my Dr next week to see if I can come off!



 
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