I have severe anxiety disorder and am looking for something safe to take. My doctor gave me amatryptaline to take in replacement of xanax... I was ona high does of xanax and geodon. They took me off both and now I am having bad anxiety. I am not pregnant yet... I wanted to get all the bad chemicals out of my body first. Anyone have any idea on what is safe to take I would appreciate it a LOT! I have looked toward natural products in our nature store and they are not even safe for pregnancy! I know your hormones turn drastically when your pregnant so may be the hormones will control the anxiety?? I am just at a loss. Thanks ahead of time if you have any idea.
16 Feb 2011
I have a good friend who became pregnant she had a terrific problem with stress, they gave her medications that they don't do as routine but talking with your doctor prior to this becoming reality is probably the best idea, but I am sure that if the need arises once you discuss this with the doctor then he can give you an idea of what is safe for you and your unborn. take good care
16 Feb 2011
You are right, your hormones levels will change when you become pregnant and may be that your anxiety levels will too.
I recommend you try some good old fashion relaxation exercises and music therapy. May sound corny but it can't hurt. Just google "relaxation exercises" and a whole host of sites pop up. Go to the music store and buy some relaxation music CD's. Get into the habit of this now, so by the time you are pregnant, you'll be an expert at it.
I wish you the best of luck, and keep us posted as to how you are doing,
17 Feb 2011
Hi there, I have been on Effexor XR for about ten years and I was also on it durring both pregnany's, under Dr supervision. Apparently there wasn't any scientific proof that it would affect the fetis. My babies are now 6 and 4 and are perfectly fine! People will tell you many scary stories but listen to your doctor and keep it between the two of you. I also breastfed while on it. I can't tell you what to do but this was my experience.
23 Feb 2011
A girlfriend of mine in Florida with her 4th child was on paxil the latter part of the pregnancy and did not have any complications and a perfectly healthy baby... genetics, past medical history, mg/dosage amount, taking other medications with it, what to take not to take and so on... If there is anyway possible that you can get around from not taking this kind of medication until after the baby is born I would most certainly take that option, but if not then speak with your gynecologist/obstetrician... blaze22
23 Feb 2011
They put me on Zoloft and my children are fine also. I have a LOT of anxiety issues and when I was pregnant it was weird, a lot of it went away. I have 3 children. My second child I was so tired all the time, there was no room for anxiety for the most part. Even my husband commented how "calm" I was during the pregnancy.
I did Yoga and listened to classical music too. Rather than run around taking care of everyone all the time, I let my self be taken care of, for the sake of my baby. It's amazing what changes can be made when you are pregnant or when you have kids. I guess what I'm saying is don't worry too much ( I know it's hard) but you'll be fine. The body will know what to do and your mind will follow. Hope this makes sense or helps a little, Cathleen
And there is a bonus. Once you're clean for 9 months, imagine how good you'll feel and you can start over again :)
19 Apr 2013
I hope your situation turned out for the best. I was taking Pristiq when I found out that I was 4 weeks pregnant with my son. My doctor weaned me off in two weeks as soon as we found out. At our ultrasound (20 weeks) we found out that our son had a number of birth defects, including spina bifida, no pelvic formation and a meningocele (which is a membrane sack that covers the opening to the spine where the spina bifida has caused the spine to stop growing). He passed away 11 hours after he was born because his ribs were deformed and he couldn't get a full breathe. This is NOT a scare tactic, especially since I understand dealing with debilitating anxiety. But this is information to use. You can NOT know for sure what will or will not happen during pregnancy and what the chemicals in medications can do to you or your baby. I've battled with what I could have done differently since I never drank, took drugs (other than the prescribed Pristiq) and always took my vitamins.
I'm currently pregnant (32 weeks) and have not taken an anti-anxiety medication in almost three years. Our ultrasounds show a perfectly healthy baby boy. We are truly blessed. I have found outlets for my anxiety with exercise, good health (I switched to a Clean Eating diet which has made me feel fantastic) and visit a therapist twice a week. I recommend gaining as much information as you can before becoming pregnant. I visited a perinatal specialist before deciding to become pregnant again. You absolutely can do this. Its all about getting the best medical care and taking care of yourself.
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