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I'm nervous about getting on meds...but I'm having an extremely rough prepartum/postpartum experience this time. I've gone through it in the past (with both births) but never like this. Horrible anxiety and insomnia.<br><br>
What meds have you used? What side effects did you have? Was it easy to wean off? Did you feel them work soon?<br>
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I didn't go on them until 4 months. I took Lexapro, Xanax and Klonopin. Lexapro daily, Klonopin every night until the lexapro could really kick inand then prn and the xanax prn (which went from daily to a few times a month depending).<br>
I had no trouble coming off of any of them but I was hyper-aware of watching for dependency in myself and would always check myself if I really needed to take the klonoping or xanax. I am a big fan of rescue remedy for minor anxiety.<br>
That baby is 6 1/2 years old now and fine. He was breastfed until he was 2 and I was taking those meds the whole time.<br>
I wouldn't take the xanax or klonopin while nursing a neonate though as the risk of somnolence in the baby would be beyong my comfort level.
 

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I definitely relate to your situation and concern about meds. I developed awful insomnia at 3.5 months PP. Zoloft effectively treated the underlying anxiety & until that kicked in I used Remeron to sleep. I had tried Ambien for about 8 weeks but it really didn't work for me, just prolonged my agony. I had no side effects whatsoever from stopping Remeron. In fact, I didn't even taper, just began taking it as needed once my psychiatrist gave me the green light to try sleeping on my own. I did wean off of Zoloft after 6 months (only a few brief side effects like dizziness) & did great w/ sleeping for about a month, when I had an insomnia relapse. I'm back on Zoloft & haven't used anything for sleep in about 6 weeks.<br><br>
The first time around w/ Zoloft it took a couple months to find my working dose. The second time, I found relief much faster (a couple weeks) b/c I knew what dosage was effective for me.<br><br>
I'd definitely recommend making an appointment with a psychiatrist who can help you make these decisions.
 

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You need to talk to a psychiatrist/specialist.<br><br>
I took paxil for the anxiety and once that was resolved, I didn't need anything for sleep. I think they gave me trazodone for sleep which made me really really groggy, but it did work.<br><br>
If you go on an SSRI, you need to stay on for 6 -12 months. The sleep meds and anti anxiety meds can be weaned off of as soon as you're stable.<br><br>
I tapered off Paxil very very slowly and was fine.
 

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I am on Neurontin for anxiety and sublingual Melatonin for sleep. I have tried Ativan, Klonopin, Propranolol, and Vistaril for anxiety, and Ambien, Lunesta, Remeron, and Trazodone for sleep. This is the combination I have found works best for me.
 

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Yes, definitely talk to a professional!<br><br>
But do realize (as it sounds like you do) that your anxiety problem is making you anxious about meds! I really resisted meds for far too long. In the end for me, Ativan as needed helped with sleep (helped right away, and was the only thing that helped!), but I really needed to take Zoloft in order to help resolve the underlying anxiety problem. Once I was on Zoloft, my insomnia was resolved within a month.
 
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