I am 41 and had a positive home pregnancy test. If I am pregnant I would be 3 weeks along. For the past three years I have been on Cymbalta for treatment of depression. I just don't know if it is safe for me to take the Cymbalta while I am pregnant and I also know that stopping Cymbalta is a difficult and painful experience with lots of strong side effects.
First I looked on the Cymbalta literature, it says contact your doctor if you become pregnant... Cymbalta is not recommended during the last three months of pregnancy or breastfeeding. Then I called my pharmacist to ask what to do, he told me it is not recommended during pregnancy but I should call my doctor. I called my doctor and he actually told me he didn't know and I should call my ob/gyn. This makes me so angry to hear from a doctor, if you don't know something, find out! I am relying on you for good advice. That is why we pay you!
Anyway, my ob/gyn said they won't see me til the 6-8 week point. So I am so confused as to what to do. I have continued to take this cymbalta because if I don't I feel nauseous and strong headaches. I told my "doctor" that I want to come off of this drug but I know that means he will just decrease the dosage over time. I am so worried that everytime I take it now, I am hurting the baby or doing harm to its development.
Does anyone have personal experience with depression and cymbalta during pregnancy? I would appreciate any information as I am feeling very confused and scared. Thank you!