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Sertraline and Quetiapine during pregnancy

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lmorton6 Fri 10-Jun-16 18:49:36

Hi All,

Looking for some advice.
I was on Citalopram on and off for 5 years and stopped when I fell pregnant.
I was fine from then until now. The past few weeks I've experienced extreme anxiety and "obtrusive and obsessive thoughts" (quoting psych), something I've never experienced before - it's been awful for the past two weeks!
I went to the GP and then saw a psych at a mother and baby unit. They've prescribed me 50mg sertraline once a day and 25mg quetiapine 3 times a day.
I'm 35 weeks pregnant tomorrow and started the medication today.
Has anyone had any bad side effects for themselves or baby when taking either of these?
I asked about side effects for baby and was simply told "no, baby will be fine. We will monitor for withdrawals but that's just standard practise if any woman has been on an antidepressant or pain relief during pregnancy".

Any insight would be fab!

Lorna x

CommaStop Fri 10-Jun-16 23:08:43

Can't help on the quietapune front as I.wasn't on it when pregnant but was in 150mg dose of sertraline throughout pregnancy and no effect on baba who was born just fine and is now a healthy happy 17 month old. Easy to say, hard to do but try not to worry, they won't have put you on anything that's a risk to your baby. Just FYI re quietapine which I have taken when not pregnant - it made me very tired/sleepy so maybe just let that happen and use it to get some rest in your last few weeks of pregnancy.

CommaStop Fri 10-Jun-16 23:10:28

Excuse the many typos, I hate my phone keypad.

lmorton6 Sat 11-Jun-16 08:43:56

Thanks. Yes I noticed from taking them just yesterday that I'm extremely sleepy! But, since I was struggling to sleep before, the extra help to get some shut eye might be a good thing! I don't think I could take them after baby is here, though, as I don't want to be too tired to tend to the little one :/ x

CommaStop Sat 11-Jun-16 11:40:58

Hello again. As I understand it if you keep taking the quietapine your system will adjust and it won't make you sleepy but will help maintain calm. I've not taken it long-term but have taken other similar drugs and that has been the case. Who knows, you may not need it after the birth as the sertraline will have had time to really work, just try to rest body and mind as much as possible for now

FaithLoveandHope Mon 20-Jun-16 12:48:55

Imorton I just wanted to come on and say that DP's ex took quietiapine all through her pregnancy and my DSD is absolutely fine and was absolutely fine when she first arrived. DP's ex carried on taking it after the birth and coped fine with the sleepiness. DP said you find a way to cope and it's not as bad as you expect. I don't have personal experience so sorry if this doesn't help you at all.

lmorton6 Mon 20-Jun-16 13:08:15

Thank you - it's good to hear positive outcomes!

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