I've had an ongoing battle with depression for years. I was on Celexa for about a year, years ago, and found that it helped a little, but was still suffering mild symptoms. Haven't taken it long enough since then to get a result. So I just dealt with the way I was feeling, the anxiety, the loss of interest, the constant fatigue. But I found out I was pregnant after Halloween and worried constantly about the effects my moods would have on my baby. I find my job emotionally stressful and had a meltdown and had to call my doctor to find someone to call and talk to. I am now taking 2 weeks of stress leave, and my doctor has prescribed me Effexor since the citalopram didn't work as well as I needed. I've been researching the subject, but all I could find was women who had been taking it for some time BEFORE they became pregnant, but I will just be starting this regime, so I'm still in the dark. Has anyone else had this same situation or know the effects??
11 Jan 2010
What I've found is that some research shows it's safe and others show risks involved outweigh potential benefits. They say there's a safer alternative. You can find safer alternatives by asking your doctor. He or she will know what you should do. I hope this helps. Good luck to you!
10 Jan 2010
i did some research and the fda did issue warnings a couple a years ago about effexor and several other ssri and only to take them if completly nessarily during pregnacy. u can google fda warning about effexor during pregnancy and get some answers. try not to worry, if one person has a side effect they have to report it. i have a friend who is pregnant and she had to come off of abilify and she did fine and her baby is fine. you and your drr need to weigh the decision out and have good support. depression stinks and maybe a leave of absense for medical reasons might be good, go to group therapy, be around other pregnant mothers, go to therapy, try light therapy and other things, but this is your important decision to make, like i said goole fda warnings about effexor and pregnancy. good luck and keep in touch.
10 Jan 2010
I'm not a doctor,but anything with chemicals in them,any kind of drug,i would say it's not safe. when i was pregnant,they even had me cut back on my coffee because i drank to much,and even tylenol because i always had headaches,but a prescription drug? i would say it's not safe for the baby. I was on an ant-depressant when i was pregnant with my second child and they made me taper off the drug until after the baby was born. Did you tell the doctor you were pregnant? I would ask your baby doctor the next time you see him/her if i'ts ok to take. I just wouldnt want you to take any risk's with the baby ya know? sorry i couldnt be of more help,just talk with your doctor about it and go from there. good luck and congrat's on the pregnancy!!!
10 Jan 2010
my babies momma took antidepressants when she was pregnant because she was allready on them when she got pregnant we asked the dr about this and he said there is usuall no prob takeing them while pregnanat but it does exscreet through breast milk so u will have to bottle feed.
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