... June 2013. I weaned down to only 25mg every 2 days (3-25mg a week) I have been depressed for about 6months. At first I thought it was the pregnancy but now I'm thinking it's the Zoloft being this is my 2nd pregnancy & did not feel like this during my 1st pregnancy. Honestly, I've NEVER been depressed like this for this long. I never felt this depressed before Zoloft. I'm wondering if it's bc my body got used to the Zoloft & that is where my depression is coming from. I just don't know what to do bc I'm pregnate. I don't want to start taking it everyday again till after my pregnancy bc my OBGYN told me once I get to 33weeks they are going to wean me off completely by my due date. If anyone has any advice as to what I could do or is my depression most likely caused from cutting my dose of Zoloft way back??? Thx u
YEs, it is possible that your body is withdrawaling from the medication in the sense that it got use to it or that you really have a depression disorder (chemical imbalance that needs addressed). None the less, the doctor is trying to prevent the baby from having withdrawal symptoms from the antidepressant and that is why they discontinue during the last trimester. You'll have to weigh the benefits against the risk with your doctor. Only you can determine how bad you are feeling and what you can tolerate. There are other things you can do to elevate your mood such as taking up walking everyday. Exercise of the right kind since you are preganant can help elevate your mood. You are in a difficult spot. If you can mange without until the baby is born that is best, if not, don't feel guilty. You must take care of yourself so you'll be able to take care of your baby when born.
If you weaned down and you're feeling worse than you shouldn't have weaned down. You need the dose you were on if that is what was working for you. Taking an antidepressant only three times a week just doesn't work. It needs to be taken daily at the same time everyday (or close) to stay in your system and work. Why did you wean off to begin with? As for weaning you off there is absolutely no reason you need to go off your antidepressant because you are pregnant! Some OBGyn's think they know all about that stuff but you need to feel well to take care of you and the baby. Zoloft and Prozac are both approved for use in pregnant women. I was on Zoloft at 200mg for my first pregnancy and had no problems nor did my son who is now 8 years old. I couldn't have made it through w/o Zoloft. I took Prozac while pregnant with my 6 year old and again no problems. You need to talk to your OBGYN, they are doing you and your baby more harm than good. Best of luck to you and feel free to message me if you would like to talk some more!
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