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Perhaps Dr Newman could help write a letter to him, his office.
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Originally Posted by equilibrium View Post
Hi Mama. Sorry you are going through this. During my first pregnancy I was on Effexor but went down to lowest dose possible (37.5mg) XR until I had Ds1. I nursed for just 2 weeks shy of 2 years with him. During that time, I had to alter my Effexor several times. Up, down, down more, up again, etc. He had no real effects.

Since I had quite a big PPD issue after a traumatizing first birth, I decided with my DS2 (born in March)-would remain on 150mg during my pregnancy. I have a lovely almost 6 month old and still take 150mg a day nursing. He has had no obvious signs either.

Both are important-nutrition for babe, and relief from PPD or depression in general. My life, and my kids, and my experience with my second son is so completely different (wonderful) now that I am emotionally feeling okay...and not soo low I couldn't even just love my baby (first time).

If you want to msg me and chat about Effexor, feel free. Dr Newman has some info out there stating that some meds in breastmilk is much better than not nursing at all.

I understand the anxiety with it-start pumping once or twice a day for storage if you can to supplement babe if you need to while trying out the meds-It might help ease your mind in thinking babe is getting meds.

I have the same concern about some meds-I can't take my ADHD meds, and I have been "dealing with" serious attention issues, etc so I nurse my babe. It is much more deeper and important for me to continue nursing.

Keep in mind if you start Effexor gradually, like 37.5 for a few days or more (5-7?) and then go up little by little....it might not be such a sudden thing. Try to get your pills filled in 37.5 mg capsules. You will take more capsules at once but this way you can ensure you are ready to go up when needing to-instead of forcing a bigger jump to 75mg, or more. Not sure if that makes sense???
Thank you for all the info. Unfortunately, my doctor refused to write me anymore prescriptions when I refused to wean my baby Good think I didn't start taking them.
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I can assume that a previous poster said that Not effexor when other drugs such as SSRI's like Zoloft are available because there might have been more research, data available on contraindications. SSNI's I think are relatively new (compared to ssri's) and might not know so much yet.
Thank you. I didn't realize it was a different kind of drug.

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op, how are you doing?

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Thank yo for asking. I am feeling sooooo much better. Definitely not 100% but being more aware of the situation now helps. I know now why I feel/act the way I do sometimes so it is easier to control. My husband's shifts at workd also changed so he is around A LOT more () and got a pretty signifigant raise and there were some other positive changes that I won't even say out loud for fear of jinxing them. LOL

The one thing though is guilt. I feel like I wasted my DC's babyhoods. And since my main symptom was anger I can't even count the number of times I lost my temper with DS1. I feel so ill over it and so much guilt I also wonder if I messed my kids up forever when I hear/read about all the negatives effects PPD can have on kids....these are such defining years for them.
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Originally Posted by mom0810 View Post
Effexor is a different kind of drug than an ssri and ssri's are the very safest to take while nursing. This doctor is all over the place with bad advice... first weaning, then prescribing Effexor, then telling you to wean cold turkey, telling you there is no benefit to continuing nursing because your baby has "already gotten colostrum." He's wrong on all counts. Please talk to a pharmacist and maybe try to get a referral from your doctor to a psychiatrist. Please.
I talked to my pharmacist who also told me not to take these meds while nursing. And my family doctor will only make me an appt with the social worer at their office, who i've already seen before and it was terrible. She also told me to wean my 9 month old DS

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Perhaps Dr Newman could help write a letter to him, his office.
I emailed Dr. Newman and he sent me some info that I read and made me decide to go back to my doctor and ask for Zoloft instead. But the info Dr Newman gave me was just his opinion and that wasn't good enough for my doctor and he refused to prescribe me anything. I emailed Dr Newman back an told him that my doctor refused but he never emailed me back.
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