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Anyone else come off ADs because of pregnancy

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passmethechocolatechocolate Fri 26-Dec-14 17:31:01

Just wondered how you were feeling? I have been off them about 5 weeks. Tearful sometimes, fine the next, super short fuse... but then these are also typical pregnancy symptoms so not sure if am doing ok or not!

milkandchalk Fri 26-Dec-14 18:00:40

I'm in the.process of cutting down on Citalopram and have big worries about anxiety attacks coming back and constantly feeling low during pregnancy. I've only just gone.from 20mgs to 10 so at the moment I've no idea what the effects will be but.I guess only time will tell.

I can recommend mindfulness meditation though. It helped me a lot before going on the ads.

Look after yourself x

coastergirl Fri 26-Dec-14 18:06:25

I came off Paroxetine right at the beginning. I'd been thinking about doing it anyway because I was on quite a high dose and was horribly hot and sweaty all the time on them, and my GP researched it and found that Paroxetine is believed to be the worst AD to take during pregnancy. I had a horrible time without meds though so was put on Amitriptyline, which is thought to be the safest. If you find it really hard, do go back to your doctor. We've decided that it's best for us as a couple and for our baby, for me to be well, and if that means being on meds, so be it.

passmethechocolatechocolate Sat 27-Dec-14 04:09:11

Think I may have to go back on something or other. Up crying at this hour is just no good

TheFirstSolo Sat 27-Dec-14 04:38:25

I went on ad's when pg with my Ds. I was put on 'old fashioned' type ad's though and was fine as was Ds. I was though, very worried about taking them, but I couldn't have coped without them. Ds is 16 now.

dillydollydarling Sat 27-Dec-14 07:30:30

I was on amitriptyline for headaches before starting ttc. When I came off it I was a bit of a mess for a while. I got really angry and shouted at OH about something trivial and when he asked why i was so angry, I burst into tears.

Luckily OH was also coming off some meds so knew what was happening. I was really emotional for weeks but am fine now!

coastergirl Sun 28-Dec-14 18:14:59

Amitriptyline is also one of the older types of anti-depressants. I've actually found it generally to be a much 'kinder' drug than the newer one I was on. I don't have anywhere near as many/as bad side effects.

BotBotticelli Sun 28-Dec-14 19:26:09

Hello OP. I was on 20mg citalopram and cut it down to 10mg whilst TTC.

Once I got pregnant I then rapidly reduced my dose (ie. taking a 10mg tablet every other day for a week, and then every 3 days for a week and a half, and then nothing) so I was completely off them by the time I was 6 weeks pregnant.

I have to be honest: the boat really rocked for me when I cut the dose from 20mg to 10mg. My OCD symptoms returned, as did my dark thoughts about self harm.

This happened again when I reduced the dose to zero.

However for me, I would say this return of the bad symptoms lasted 2-3 weeks. I am now 10 weeks pregnant and feel pretty stable.

I have teary moments and have to really try hard to leave stressful situations with ds1 before I lose my cool. But I feel okay

Much better than I did a few weeks ago wen I reduced my dose.

I am gonna keep an eye on it though and would definitely consider going back on a low dose ssri if my depression and anxiety symptoms return again later in the pregnancy.

Have you talked about this with your GP? A good sympathetic one could advise and I felt it useful to know someone was watching out for me, in the early weeks before I came under the MW care iyswim?

Take care and do what feels right for you xx

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