Birth or fertility defects? Will I be on it for my entire life? How hard is it to get off?
Dear T4th, a low dose of Zoloft should be fine for you, the length of time you might stay on it, is impossible to predict, however, if you work with a therapist of counselor, not only should they be able to guide you, it might improve your chances of getting off of it sooner. Keep in mind, some people stay on antidepressants for life, but if you are planning to have a baby anytime soon, this needs to be discussed with your obgyn prior to you becoming pregnant, preferably. Any woman planning to become pregnant should be on prenatal vitamins with folic acid. Folic acid has been proven to reduce the chance of having a baby with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and also reduces the incidence of Down syndrome. It would also be a good idea to fully treat your depression before you have a baby, there is NO law against not treating it first, but believe me, having a baby can cause some depression to be worse or create anxiety becAuse you now are responsible for this child, so try if you can, to get the depression under control first, before you think about having a family. It might also be a good idea to directly ask your obgyn how he/she feels about mothers to be being on antidepressants while pregnant, before you become pregnant. Ideally, the less medication you are on while pregnant and just prior to becoming pregnant, is better for any baby. Medications like antidepressants, can work quicker than therapy to alleviate most symptoms, but if you work with a Therapist while you are on them, your chances of healing the depression long term, are improved, so meds work quicker, but therapy often last longer, using both is the best plan. Patti
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