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#61 of 70 Old 09-23-2013, 10:28 PM
 
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I was recommended to take Cymbalta again at the end of my pregnancy by both my psychologist and my obgyn. I wish I had never touched it and listened to them because when my daughter was born she had colic severely. She would cry 18 hours a day. That's not the worst of it. Now that my daughter is two, she's been diagnosed with autism. It breaks my heart.

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This thread is so helpful!  I'm just starting Cymbalta (from Celexa) and feeling much better already, but I want to get pregnant soon and there's no end to the psych meds in the near future (I've been on some kind of SSRI for about 5 years).  When I expressed concern to my OB, she said that taking care of mama was the first thing...  What a relief!

I'm happy to hear all the comforting stories, though I empathize with those who have or are struggling.  Thank you all for sharing.

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I have read almost this entire thread from start to finish--which I don't think I've ever done before! I am newly pregnant with my second child and weaning off cymbalta. It has been really difficult, but I feel comforted by a community of women with similar experience--albeit a virtual community:). I forgot how lonely and worrisome the first few weeks of pregnancy can be!
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I also just read this entire thread and wished that I had stumbled across it during my first pregnancy!  I was on 30mg of Cymbalta during my first and breast fed for 12 months.  My daughter is now 2 years old and so far has been very healthy, has been in 100% of growth her entire life, and reaches milestones early.  I do hope there are no surprises around the corner.

 

 I am now 28 weeks with my 2nd and have been on 60 mg of Cymbalta the entire pregnancy.  I started out on Lamotrigne and Ablify as well, but have been able to wean myself off those drugs earlier in my pregnancy.  I just picked up my prescription for Cymbalta and they started putting a label on the bottle that says "use in 3rd trimester could cause health problems"!  This freaked me out even though I have experience with my first pregnancy.  I am now on day 2 of no drugs.  I didn't realize during my first pregnancy what class C meant, now that I have done my research I don't want to subject my 2nd child to the drug.  My first could have been an exception and my second could be effected by the drug, so that is why I am going to try and stay off of it through the rest of my pregnancy and during breast feeding.  I am worried about my depression coming back and for PMD.  I appreciate hearing others experiences and stories on this forum!

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Hi everyone,

I am almost 5 weeks. I've weaned off everything except 60 mg cymbalta. I've been on it for over 6 years. I've tried multiple times to wean off but wound up having massive breakdowns each time. I know these posts are old but I would sincerely appreciate any updates from those of you who took it throughout, and those who tapered off. Please share. Thanks so much to everyone who has posted. Take care everyone!!
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Hi everyone,

I am almost 5 weeks. I've weaned off everything except 60 mg cymbalta. I've been on it for over 6 years. I've tried multiple times to wean off but wound up having massive breakdowns each time. I know these posts are old but I would sincerely appreciate any updates from those of you who took it throughout, and those who tapered off. Please share. Thanks so much to everyone who has posted. Take care everyone!!
Hi there, my baby girl is now 20 months old & absolutely perfect! She has reached all milestones & is absolutely thriving. There are no issues whatsoever!
I was on 90mg Cymbalta from 8 wks pregnant.
There was also no 'discontinuation symptoms' when she was born either. All that worrying for nothing!
Hope this helps.
Good luck 😉
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Hi there, my baby girl is now 20 months old & absolutely perfect! She has reached all milestones & is absolutely thriving. There are no issues whatsoever!
I was on 90mg Cymbalta from 8 wks pregnant.
There was also no 'discontinuation symptoms' when she was born either. All that worrying for nothing!
Hope this helps.
Good luck 😉
I should also mention (incase you haven't read my earlier posts) that I weaned off Cymbalta to fall pregnant. I was successfully off it & then fell pregnant pretty much straight away. At 6wks along I relapsed in a HUGE way. The docs initially put me on Zoloft which was terrible for me. I was then referred to a 'Perinatal Psychologist' who switched me straight back to Cymbalta. Thank goodness she did as I have no doubt my bub & myself wouldn't be here now otherwise.
I didn't want to be medicated whilst pregnant but for me it was essential & thankfully it all turned out wonderfully.
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I just found out I am pregnant. My doctor told me to stop taking Cymbalta immediately. No tapering or nothing. I am scared that I will now have severe withdrawal symptoms. I wished she would've tapered me down, but I also don't want my baby to be exposed to Cymbalta anymore than already has.
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Cymbalta and Pregnancy

Hi,

I also was on Cymbalta when I found out I was pregnant. My daughter is now 2 years old. My doctor took me off of it slowly by decreasing my dosage over a few weeks. Do not just stop taking it the side effects of coming off are terrible. Even after slowly being taking off and given another drug I still felt terrible. Talk to the prescribing doctor first. I was on it for a while when I was first pregnant since I did not realize I was pregnant for a few weeks etc. My daughter is fine. I heard mixed reviews about staying on it so I just decided to stop so that I would not take any chances on it affecting my baby's health. I do have to say it was rough for a while besides getting off of the drug and the hormones from the pregnancy. But you can do it and you'll be just fine take it on day at a time.

best of luck
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Update on Cymbalta Pregnancies

Hello all,
It has been YEARS since I shared my story above on this thread, and I noticed some replies stating "please let us know how your third pregnancy on Cymbalta was...and how is that baby?"

I stated above, but I was on Cymbalta my second pregnancy (60mg) when my OB told me stop taking it. I did NOT wean off, and ended up in the psych ward. He put me back on it the rest of my pregnancy, and my son is now 6 years old and is fabulous! Absolutely no side effects. He was a healthy baby and has recently been accepted into the "gifted" program at his elementary school. Maybe Cymbalta made him smart (ha).

My pregnancy with my third child, I was on Cymbalta the whole time (60mg). I did not even try NOT taking it because my OB at that point advised I stay on it. My pregnancy was awesome and my daughter came out perfect. She just turned three and is absolutely great. She's very smart as well.

I TOTALLY KNOW this may not be everyone's experience, and I don't want to give advice against ANY knowledgable doctor or nurse, but I DID want to share my experience.

Thanks!
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