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Pregant and have to come off Prozac - anyone else been there?

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BearMama Wed 25-Jul-07 17:07:07

I know its different for everyone but is anyone else in the same boat? I have depression and have been on Fluoxetine for a while but have just discovered I am PG (was TTC so thats fine) I already discussed it with the Doc and know it needs to happen but I want to know if anyone else has been prescribed a substitute, what it was and how it worked? I am due to see my Doc on Friday. I know I'm being neurotic but would really appreciate your help. TIA

hotcrumpets Wed 25-Jul-07 17:14:24



I was on Fluoxetine both times I found out I was pregnant, i cut down to the dose to one every two days (for two weeks) then one every three days (for about three weeks) then stopped altogether.

I didn't have any withdrawel either time and felt fine with it. Saying that, I was taking them for panic attacks and not depression so I wouldn't like to say what your experience will be.

I didn't take a substitute becuase I know that Fluoxetine works for me and my gp said that she had had patients take it throughout their pregnancies and breastfeeding and the lo's were fine, so I think knowing that it was there if I REALLY needed it was enough to get me through the pregnancy.

I have also found from talking to other mums that alot of the time symptoms tend to ease off when pregnant, not sure if that is due to the hormones or because you have something to focus on, but it does seem quite common.

Good luck, let us know how you get on!

divastrop Wed 25-Jul-07 17:20:06

hi.i stopped taking prozac when i found out i was pregnant last time,didnt have any withdrawal symptoms but did get depressed again very quickly.i was offered a substitute but decided to try to get to the 12 week point without anything,then re-start the prozac.i did that,and everything was fine.

i was also on prozac from week 20 with dd2,and there were no problems there either.

i was on 20mg a day,baby is now 4.5 months and i have been on 40mg a day for 2 months.

divastrop Wed 25-Jul-07 17:21:15

i meant to say,i came off it slowly last time,i didnt just stop,the depression returned after about 3 weeks with nothing.

BearMama Wed 25-Jul-07 17:43:39

Thanks Divastrop and Hotcrumpets, tbh I'm hoping I will get a big dose of happy hormones and wont need a replacement drug.

sweetkitty Wed 25-Jul-07 17:47:34

bearmama - I was on Prozac for years but came off them when I got pregnant with DD1, that was 3.9 months ago and I haven't been on them since. I have low moods from time to time but nothing like it was.

BearMama Wed 25-Jul-07 19:16:02

sweetkitty - that gives me hope! Thanks!

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