I am 4 months pregnant and was on Cymbalta for over a year now. I spoke to my Dr. when I found out I was pregnant and we decided to wean me off of the drug slowly. I was on 60mg a day before the pregnancy. He then put me on 40mg for a week, then 20mg for two weeks, then 20mg every other day for another like 2 weeks. I've been having depression/anxiety symptoms recently and I'm unsure what I should do. I'm looking into taking another drug or trying to tough it out. I was doing really well on the Cymbalta so I'm very upset that I'm back to this awful place. Its weird that your Dr. dosent' know the issues with the drug and preganacy. I would seek out a new Dr. if I were you. I read alot online about the drugs you can take during pregnancy, some other like Prozac and Zoloft are safer.
Hope this helps
It's so good to hear about someone like me. I weaned off the Cymbalta but now again have the anxiety/depression. I may have to consider getting back on but I'm so scared for birth defects. This is my second child with my first I did not have anxiety only depression so I weaned off Prozac before I was even pregnant to this was a non issue for me then. Thanks for sharing.
Just as an update on my post a few months back...I had my third child (second pregnancy on Cymbalta) in early January. She's now 4 months old and absolutely perfect. Hitting every milestone perfect, started rolling over at 3 months (early) smiling, cooing, only cries when she's wet or hungry, etc... She's great. My son, who is 3 and a half, was my first "Cymbalta" pregnancy and he's tall for his age, sociable, absolutely great. Has hit all milestones early. Knows all his abc's, colors, etc...
So again, my experience has been great with Cymbalta and pregnancies.
I will throw in one caveat...after this third pregnancy, I was walking through SEVERE post partum depression (even while still on Cymbalta 60mg). Some women in my life encouraged me to go talk to someone. I did and was completely honest with her (even explaining how I felt GUILTY about being so down, since I had an almost perfect baby). She put me on a low dose (2mg) of ABILIFY added to my cymbalta. Within one week, my depression was lifted. I do not plan on being on abilify long (I've heard it has strange side effects long-term, and it messes with your blood sugar) but it has tremendously helped my PPD. I am also not breastfeeding, so meds were an option for me. I have a friend who had a terrible response to abilify, but it has worked for me.
Talk to someone and your doctor about what's best for you and baby, that's what matters most.
I've been wanting to post here for a while. I was on Cymbalta when I unexpectedly got pregnant and I totally was not ready at that point to wean off of it. I ended up staying at 60mg until about 24-26 (when I felt more mentally stable) weeks, then weaning slowly down from 60mg to 30mg, then to 20mg, then completely off. I did have withdrawal symptoms from 60 to 30, no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever from 30 to 20, and then had them again when I stopped taking it entirely. They lasted about two weeks after my last dose and I still get episodes of the "brain spinnies" occasionally, almost a month after getting off of it completely. I am 35 weeks today.
I've been diagnosed with GAD and OCD. So that's what I'm dealing with naturally (mainly with good diet and lots of EPA supplements, and Rescue Remedy) at this point. So far I've been encouragingly fine, though I do have a lot of trouble sleeping due to racing thoughts. Luckily I haven't had any anxiety attacks or irrational thoughts or worries, so I consider myself a success so far! I got off of the drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms in my baby when he's born and I am open to getting back on another psych med postpartum if necessary. I did breastfeed my daughter for 25 months and she never had formula, so giving that a good attempt is extremely important to me. So hopefully I'll be able to try a drug safer for breastfeeding if I feel I need it. I encourage you mothers who are at risk for PPD to do some research regarding progesterone supplementation for treating PPD. Here is a good website on the subject:
I am extremely lucky that my OB is trained in this methodology and that this will be my first line of defense against PPD should it rear its ugly head! It is nice to know I won't immediately be going back on the psych meds, but that we'll be trying this first. :)
Glad to read about normal babies following a Cymbalta pregnancy. :) I've been a little worried about the risks of autism, especially since I'm having a boy, but I do know that the studies that claim these kinds of side effects were studying SSRIs and not SNRIs. Anyone have any thoughts on that?
I just found out I was pregnant and had only been on Cymbalta for a little over a month. I was taking it for joint pain. My Ob doctor told me to come off of Cymbalta and I have been off for about a week. Let me tell you all something from personal experience. I have lived the last week in H-E-L-L. I feel so sorry for anyone who has had to come off of this drug. And what really ticks me off is that my doctor didn't bother to tell me to expect these withdrawal symptoms It is torture. Besides the fact that I am pregnant and those hormones are crazy enough, I felt like I was going to die. I have a 6 year old and a 4 year old and my husband and I are self employed, so my life is already a struggle. I am either crying or mad at the world and I haven't been able to function. I don't think I should be driving. I feel like I am in a fog or something. It is really hard to describe. I will never go back on any drug, unless it is necessary, but don't get me wrong, I understand for those who need it. You honestly have to do what you think is best. I am just telling everyone of my experience. I honestly didn't think I was going to make it, but it has been almost a week and I am feeling a little better. I hope that each day I continue to get better. Can't wait until I feel back to my oldself again. good luck to anyone who is going through this. .
I can relate. I'm on my second pregnancy. I was on Cymbalta and loved it. It really helped but I'm now on Zoloft only since I began my pregnancy. my anxiety/deppression is still bad but has been worse. I cant' wait to have the baby so I can go back on my cymbalta. Don't be scared, it is hard but worth it to have a child but also listen to yourself an know you limitations.
Hi there I am new on here and really scared. Im 36 and have been suffering from depression for the past 5 years. I have been hospitalized and last year was put on Cymbalta. I am currently on a dose of 120mg for my anxiety and my depression. I just found out 2 days ago that I am pregnant. I am terrified. I wanted to stop cold turkey but one day without the meds and I felt awful. I am scared and I don't know what to do. My OB/GYN was no help because he said go see my psych Dr. Of course my psych Dr. retired and I have been followed by my primary care Dr. who is no help. I need some support here I don't know what to do I want to wean off the meds but I am scared of the withdrawal. I just pray that my baby is ok and there is no damage. I am only 3 weeks along and I know its early but I fear for my little one. Any advice out there???
Just read your reply to being on cymbalta and on your 3rd pregnancy, curious how your last pregnancy went? I am on cymbalta 60am and about 5 weeks pregnanant. Still researching and considering my options.
Definetly dont' stop the Cymbalta cold turkey. It's awful. Find a new Dr. then figure out what you can do. I've read of many people that kept using the Cymbalta for the whole pregnancy or who were weened off and put on something safer like Zoloft. Which is what I did. I was on 60mg of the Cymbalta then weened off slowly and went on Zoloft.
I have Fibro too and TTC soon thru ICI. Pdoc will prob start me on Cymbalta now that Fibro diagnosis is positive. Thanks for sharing!
Don't be so hard on yourself. I, too, have suffered panic attacks for over 12 years now. They came on like a freight train and even tough therapy helped, the antidepressents stopped them. When I have them (which I rarely do on the meds), they completely disable me, anxiety, cold sweats, pounding heart, crying and shaking. People who haven't experienced them have no idea. I truly believe there's something in my brain that just does not allow me to process normal stress like others.
I am 42 and have been on Cymbalta for years. I was on Paxil first and both actually work for me. I just found out I am 5 weeks pregnant and the stress of that, even though I'm on the meds, left me anxious, jittery, nauseous, but without any actual attacks. This is a big thing in anyones life, but especially for those of us who don't process stress the same way others do! So don't feel bad that this sent you into a tailspin. It doesn't mean you aren't ready, it means it's a stressful thing to find out and your body is dealing with it the best way that it can!
I have severe fibromyalgia, dysthymic disorder, and general anxiety disorder. Both my OB and family practitioners felt that I should stay on Cymbalta during pregnancy. They also felt that I should breast feed, as having the antibodies for the baby would be beneficial. I took it all through my pregnancy, and during 4-5 of the 10 months I breast fed. My son is now two and a half years old and we are not sure if he is autistic. He has significant developmental delays and sensory issues and is currently receiving speech, developmental, physical, and occupational therapies, each once a week. We are trying to begin the process of getting him tested for autism, as his therapists feel he most likely has a mild autism.
To anyone who is thinking of taking this medication during pregnancy, I would not recommend it from my experiences - it is a great medication, it helped my fibromyalgia quite a bit. However, I am left with regret and lingering doubt that I was given bad advice - I should not have taken this when I was pregnant. I will always wonder if my son's autism is my fault for taking this medication.
I will also say, if you choose to get off of it, make sure you taper down very slowly over time. The withdrawal side effects are absolutely horrible (made me feel like I was in manic phase of bipolar disorder - which i do not have! - no sleep, racing mind, hyperactivity, flu symptoms etc)
Thank you very much for your post. I 'M four years now on cymbalta. I'm 8 bweeks pregnant. Tried to get out of cymbalta but my depression came back again. The doctor said I have to keep taking it! I fell very bad now , felling extremely guilty taking a medication that there is not much proof. Your experience is very helpfull for me. How did you deal with the guilty while pregnant, before knowing everything would be OK?
I have been on 120 mg. of Cymbalta for Bipolar Disorder for several years, but, with the help of my psychiatrist, am currently tapering due to pregnancy. After week 20, the baby would be at higher risk of Persistant Pulmonary Hypertension and secondary Congestive Heart Failure after delivery. These conditions may be fatal, or may cause severe medical impairment in the child. Although tapering from Cymbalta, as well as the symptoms of depression can be difficult, in consultation with my doctor, we decided that the risks of staying on Cymbalta for me outweigh the benefits.
This is out taper schedule from 120 mg, in case it is helpful for someone else (I am also tapering from other psych meds at the same time): 90mg daily for one week, then 60mg daily for 2 weeks, then 30mg daily for 3 weeks, then cymbalta 20mg daily for 4 weeks, then discontinue. The lower the dosage, the longer you will be on it, and this should help avoid withdrawal symptoms. I was 4 weeks pregnant when I found out, so that schedule would have me weaned still at least a month prior to weak 20. I hope this is helpful.
hi, im very interested in your question about whether to use cymbalta during pregnancy? only that i read u wrote this in 2010 therefore by now your baby would be around 1 year old? i am presently pregnant 8.5 weeks and am myself on cymbalta. I wandered if u kept on cymbalta throughout your pregnancy and if u could give me any advice on this siuation? cheers
I know this is an old post, but I was wondering how everything turned out for you and your baby?
I am on the same boat, very frustrated as I cannot get an straight answer from my psychiatrist nor my OB. I am 17 weeks preganant, I have been on Cymbalta for over a year, when I found out I was pregnant they couldnt see me until my 8 weeks, the doctors say that i should wean off it. I have been off for the past 2 weeks but i have been having those weird electroshock on my my brain, fingertipes, tonge....and now my arms get numbed while I sleep!!
I contacted my psychiatrist today and he said i needed to go back to Cymbalta and take it every other day 30 mg, I did take 1 today but I not feeling this is a good decision. :(
Hi.I have been in your position before .My doctors kept me on cybalta for the first 3 months and then moved me onto zoloft for the remainder of my pregnancy and breastfeeding. Cymbalta is one of the newer drugs on the market so they don't really know what the possible risks of taking it while pregnant are .Four years later and I have a perfect 3 year old .If I were you I would slowly lower my cymbalta while simultaneously increasing the dosage of a safer ,older, more well researched drug under the instruction and care of a new better informed pych doc . I know it will be difficult and that you will need to monitor your moods closely but I was on double the recommended highest dose and know its doable with support .I am now pregnant again and have again had to change my meds again - my new doc didn't want me on zoloft - I can give you the name of the new med I am on ( to give to your doc as it's meant to be one of the safest ) but I am not sure if it will have the same name where you live.So basically what I am saying is that if it is possible try to move over to a new drug as soon as possible ( only as fast as you can handle the change without becoming depressed ) but don't stress too much about the possible effects of your usage so far as it is unlikely to have harmed your baby .Ps don't try wellbutrin as a replacement as recent research has linked it to neural tube and heart defects .
Sunny- Since you are weaning off- have you ever tried Sam E for depression? It has worked wonders for me and per my Dr. is safe during pregnancy. It is a amino acid and has a lot of other benefits besides mood help. It shouldn't be used for anyone with bipolar or anxiety disorders tho' if that is part of your med history. Here's a link for you: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/treatmentsfromatod/a/SAMe.htm
I am 38 and became pregnant in April. In addition to the cymbalta, I was also taking xanax, ambien, and concerta. THe OB/GYN office told me to stop everything immediately. I did, and nearly had a nervous breakdown. I couldn't sleep, concentrate or even stand up straight. I called my primary care doctor who advised me to back on the cymbalta immediately...she later stated that I could have had a stroke from depriving my body of everything so quickly. I ended up miscarrying and many think it's because of the shock I caused my body. Do not ever quit anything cold turkey - see your doctor to weigh the pros and cons and wean yourself off. Cymbalta is a very dangerous drug to just quit.
grgirl1 - I totally agree. Going off a drug can have its own risks so you should always do so under your doctor's advice on how to proceed.
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