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<p>I am 16 weeks now, and I am considering taking zoloft. Anyone else taking anything? I can't kick my grumpy mood, and find myself saying that I hate my life at least once a day. I have been on zoloft before at 7 months pp and it did help. Anyone else?</p>
 

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<p>((hugs)) I have btdt though it was with Lexapro (highly addictive.. despite them declaring it was not when I started it.. yrs later they admitted it was) and Wellbutrin (gave me horrible weird dreams even if I fell asleep for 5 minutes!).  I started Lexapro when my first child was 8 months old, and took it till my third child was 5 months old... (so straight through the pregnancies)</p>
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<p>I eventually got off all of my antidepressants after yrs of use, and switched to all natural supplements that boost me enough to be okay. </p>
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<p>Quite honestly I think I had the most depressive/dangerous to my health thoughts while taking the combo of both antidepressants together (thankfully that was only for a few months).  It eventually came down to realizing that some of my biggest complaints in life were actually side effects of the medications.</p>
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<p>I know everyone is different and sometimes those things are what's needed.  But in my case I feel much better when doing a combo of vitamin B-Stress, fish oil, 5-htp, and having my low thyroid treated naturally.  I can give you name brands and dosages that really helped me, but it may be different for you.  I really do think that the quality of the supplement and the combo, makes a difference though.</p>
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<p>But all this to say if you are very depressed, talk with someone in your life, and get some help whether naturally or with Rx's.. going untreated for serious depression isn't safe imo ((hugs)).</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for responding Rae! I really appreciate it. :) It makes me feel less alone.</p>
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<p>Thankfully I have a counselor, and I have a great Dr. too.  I stopped taking Celexa (similar to Lexapro) to ttc this baby and that was very hard! My body was not happy when I weaned off of that stuff. So I know what you mean by it being addicting.</p>
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<p>I am curious about your mention of 5-htp. Can you tell me more about it? Are you taking it now while you are pregnant too?</p>
 

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<p>(((hugs))) I couldn't not respond when I saw this, and I'm glad to hear you have a good support base.</p>
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<p>Yes I am taking 5-htp during pregnancy, so far no one has told me it's unsafe, and it's not caused any problems that I can tell.  I take 200mg (100 twice a day).  I tried taking 5-htp in the past and it seemed like it didn't work, but I finally figured out I wasn't on a high enough dose, I need 200mg for it to work for me.</p>
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<p>yep....i'm on zoloft and a benzo for panic attacks. since the benzo is one of those not-so-good meds to be taking during pregnancy i don;t even give the zoloft a second thought. </p>
<p>last pregnancy i stopped taking the anti-depressant and i really regretted it. had a prescription on hand as soon as dd was born. i wish i could say the zoloft helped me but for years it seems it just keeps me from going totally bonkers. </p>
 

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<p>I am taking Paxil.  I tried switching to Zoloft for pregnancy (it's "preferred" over Paxil during pregnancy).  I thought I was okay at first, but I got progressively worse--panic attacks, anxious all the time, nauseous (probably from being anxious, but I just thought I had much worse morning sickness!).  After switching back to the Paxil I felt MUCH better and back to normal.  Paxil is a category D drug because they KNOW that it increases the risk of a birth defect--specifically, it increases the chance of heart defects from 1% (risk for pregnant women not taking Paxil) to 1.5-2% (risk for pregnant women taking Paxil) when taken in the first trimester.  Honestly I didn't feel like it was necessarily less safe than Zoloft since they don't know what Zoloft does in human pregnancies, but my nurse practitioner (who doesn't do maternity care) preferred to have me on Zoloft.  My midwife has no problem with me being on Paxil.  The biggest thing is that we'll keep an eye on baby after she's born for any rapid breathing or other "withdrawal" issues.  Oh--I was also on Paxil with my son (who is almost 5).  The studies were published right at the end of my first trimester with him, go figure!  He was/is fine.  I know that doesn't mean every baby will be fine, but it does make me feel a little better!  Obviously it'd be nice if we could all get through pregnancy without taking anything, but I need to be physically AND emotionally healthy for the sake of this baby and my two already-born babies. :)</p>
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<p>Hugs to you!</p>
 

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<p>I've been taking Celexa for almost 2 years now (postpartum/general depression) but am currently weaning off.  I'm hoping to be totally off by 20 weeks (I'm 17 today) but we'll see how it goes.  </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>HappyMamaBeth</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1281376/anyone-taking-an-antidepressant#post_16075274"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Obviously it'd be nice if we could all get through pregnancy without taking anything, but I need to be physically AND emotionally healthy for the sake of this baby and my two already-born babies. :)</p>
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<br><br><p>This is exactly how I feel. My four year old deserves a much more present and happy mama then I have been the past few months. I feel guilty, but I did start taking it yesterday. I really hope I start to feel more positive soon. Then I'll feel better about making the choice to start taking it.</p>
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<p>Question for those who have been through this: Did your baby appear to have withdrawal symptoms?</p>
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<p>To LacieD, good luck weaning off the celexa. I hope it goes smoothly for you, because like I said it was very hard for me.</p>
 

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<p>I'm on Zoloft for anxiety/panic attacks. </p>
 

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<p>no withdrawl symptoms here with dd. the other thing they look for is extreme sleepiness but had no sign of that at all. </p>
<p>i know very little gets passed on through breast milk but i wonder if nursing eases any of this supposed withdrawl (seeing that they've already been exposed through the pregnancy.) in fact, the benzo i am on is not "recommended" for nursing so i went almost the whole pregnancy thinking i couldn't nurse unless i got off the meds. it wasn't until my OB of all people (not the prescribing dr., not the pediatrician...) told me it should be fine. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>HappyMamaBeth</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1281376/anyone-taking-an-antidepressant#post_16075274"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Obviously it'd be nice if we could all get through pregnancy without taking anything, but I need to be physically AND emotionally healthy for the sake of this baby and my two already-born babies. :)</p>
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<br><br><p>This is exactly how I feel. My four year old deserves a much more present and happy mama then I have been the past few months. I feel guilty, but I did start taking it yesterday. I really hope I start to feel more positive soon. Then I'll feel better about making the choice to start taking it.</p>
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<p>Question for those who have been through this: Did your baby appear to have withdrawal symptoms?</p>
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<p>To LacieD, good luck weaning off the celexa. I hope it goes smoothly for you, because like I said it was very hard for me.</p>
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<br><br><p>My son didn't have withdrawal problems.  In fact, he was a more content newborn than my daughter was (I didn't take anything while I was pregnant with her... or after... and I wonder how much her "colic" was in part due to my post-partum depression that I didn't realize I had until much later... hindsight!).</p>
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<p>They will still monitor this baby for withdrawal symptoms, but I am hoping that she fares as well as my son did.</p>
 

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<p>I weaned off my Zoloft just before TTC. I am torn about going back on it, but I am doing OK without it for now. I am going to try and hold out, but if I feel like I need it I will go back on it, I will just take a low dose. I know at the very least I will be taking it the second this baby is outside of my body. I had severe PPD after the birth of both of my children. I won't go there now, but it was severe.</p>
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<p>I have had a mom on 200 mg, and her baby did have serious withdrawal after the birth. In fact he had to be transferred to a different hospital because the hospital I do births at does not take any baby with any complication. I was really sad for the mom because the hospital was an hour and half away. So, I am nervous about that, but I know she was on a high dose. Most of my moms on 50 or 100 mg do not have any problems. </p>
 

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<p>I was on Effexor before TTC my first and weaned onto Zoloft for pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Took it all though my second pregnancy and then switched back to Effexor before I got pregnant with this one. As soon as I found out I weaned off the Effexor and back onto the Zoloft.  I will be taking Zoloft through this pregnancy and until baby is around 2 years old probably.  There is nothing wrong with taking Zoloft during pregnancy.  There can be some breathing difficulty at birth but any birth attendant should be equipped to handle that.  In my first 2 pregnancies and births I was in a hospital with both Zoloft and an epidural in my system and my babies had no complications at all.  As for the withdrawal, I never noticed anything and if you're breastfeeding they will continue to get a little through your milk which should prevent any sudden withdrawal symptoms.</p>
 

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<p>Glad to hear folks are staying on safe meds or safely weaning off the less-safe ones. I went off Paxil cold turkey during my last pregnancy, and I believe going off it so abruptly either caused my miscarriage or was a contributing factor.</p>
 

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<p>Well, weaning off Celexa has been a big fail.  I've been feeling myself slip back into full-on depression for the last couple of weeks, and last night I had a complete psycho meltdown and scared the shit out of my family.  :(  I need to find a new shrink (I hate mine with a passion) and discuss whether switching to something else would be better, but I know that I cannot go without.  </p>
 

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<p>LacieD,</p>
<p>I am sorry to hear that. Hang in there, I know how you feel.</p>
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<p>I know that my fried took lexapro (similar to celexa) while pregnant and well into nursing her newborn (and now toddler). The reason she took that instead of zoloft was because it was the medication she had been on before getting pregnant and her Dr. didn't want to try something new. She and her toddler are doing well and had no discernible complications from taking it.</p>
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<p>Definitely try to find a counselor that you click with, its a big deal when you don't like yours. You could try posting in the Finding your tribe section. Good luck!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>LacieD</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1281376/anyone-taking-an-antidepressant#post_16121278"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Well, weaning off Celexa has been a big fail.  I've been feeling myself slip back into full-on depression for the last couple of weeks, and last night I had a complete psycho meltdown and scared the shit out of my family.  :(  I need to find a new shrink (I hate mine with a passion) and discuss whether switching to something else would be better, but I know that I cannot go without.  </p>
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Have you been cross-titrating with another drug?  Going off a drug completely is often really difficult and so some psychs recommend cross-titrating onto something easier to get off of if you need to wean completely.  But in your situation, it sounds like you should be on something, so maybe try switching to Zoloft or something similar and see if that works for you, but if it doesn't by all means stay on the Celexa. It's category C so for you the benefits probably outweigh the risks to baby.  <span><img alt="hug2.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug2.gif"></span></p>
 
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