I logged on tonight to ask whether anyone has taken Celexa or Zoloft while nursing an older baby (mine is almost 2) and noticed side effects. I've been on Celexa (citalopram) for two days, and I feel much better - but I am noticing some side effects in DD , she is more irritable and is having trouble falling asleep at night - but she is also growth spurting and teething, so it's very hard to tell what the cause is!
From what I've read (research papers and reviews), Zoloft might be a better choice for both of us, but I'm not sure whether it would have a similar effect on her. Compared to Celexa, I've read that it is less likely to show up in her system (though reports vary) or to affect her own serotonin uptake. I also don't like the reports I'm reading about cardio complications with Celexa. My inclination is to have my doc run an ECG and compare it to a recent (healthy) one I've had, to see whether anything has changed. But it would be just as well to switch to one without that complication.
Having a love/hate relationship with SSRIs right now! I've been working with a naturopath for over a year, and we just haven't gotten my mood swings under control (a very expensive experiment, I might add). The SSRI is helping immediately, I think I've made a good decision for me, but maybe not for DD.
Has anyone else had experience with both drugs? I'm going to wait a bit and see if her behavior changes, but I'm not willing to wait long. If it persists, I'll either have to quit the SSRI, switch to something else, or quit nursing (which is not necessarily a bad thing, as she is almost two). We're not really ready though. Sigh.