Originally Posted by secondtimemom09
I have a question about taking meds. My OB prescribed Prozac for my PDD and I have yet to start taking them. My son is 9 days old and breastfeeding, and I'm just not comfortable with the thought of him "taking" Prozac too. Also, I'm worried about it being addictive. I was wondering about anybody eles experiences with Prozac or any other meds. Did they work? How long were you on them? Was it easy to get off them? Any natural remedies?
Prozac is not known to be addictive that I'm aware of. It worked for me for a while, and then we had to up the dose. I found, and my dr found in most of his patients, that the generic prozac needed to be upped more frequently and seemed to lose effectiveness over time whereas the brand did not. This was not a brand bias on his part; he was fine with generics in general.
Stopping was easy. I just stopped - under dr supervision; I wasn't on a very high dose, though. We ended up switching to another med b/c it was not working as well for me as we felt it should have been.
Remember, your baby isn't getting the full dose you're getting. It's a very small amount of the metabolized prozac (norfluoxetine, if I remember my reading correctly) that gets into the milk. Neither of my two kids were affected by it at all and they were regularly checked by my dr as part of the studies on antidepressants and breastfeeding.
Prozac has an advantage for the pill-taking challenged (as in "I forgot to take my meds today") in that is has a long half life. So if you miss a day, you may not immediately feel like crap. That was an issue I had with other meds that had a shorter half life.
given you're only 9 days pp, are your sure it's PPD? it could be baby blues, or just plain old stress and sleep deprivation making you feel unwell. Is there a history of PPD that would cause your dr to make this diagnosis this soon?