Is there a safe depression med??

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StarShine65712's picture
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Is there a safe depression med??

Help ladies please!!! I'm going crazy! I can't take this anymore. Everything makes me cry and I'm so depressed!!!!

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I dont know the answer to your question but want to send hugs! Ive been overally hormonal and crying at everything pretty much everyday. I know pregnancy hormones and depression arent the same but i hope you figure something out tp feel back to normal.

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:bigarmhug::bigarmhug::bigarmhug::bigarmhug::bigarmhug:

I was on a combination of two medications for depression before, during my first pregnancy, and ever since. I got my BFP yesterday and plan to continue my meds throughout this pregnancy also. I take Lamictal and Lexapro. Lamictal is traditionally used to control seizures but can also be used for depression/mood disorders. I was diagnosed at age 17 and have tried every medication out there. The combination of Lamictal/Lexapro has been the one that I have been on the longest and that has definately worked the best. No one can understand your pain unless they have been there themselves, so I send you huge hugs! Definately talk to your PCP and OB/GYN and also a psychiatrist if they think that it is a good idea for you. Please don't hesitate to message me if you want to!

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Thanks girls. I'll talk to my dr and see what she says... I have depression and bipolar yeah not fun.Thanks so much for the hugs I needed that!!

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Swear I typed a reply last night! Anyway I take Zoloft which is considered the safest for pg. Prozac I think us okay too. There are still warnings with Zoloft do I guess it depends on your definition of safe. There are hardly any meds that are considered 100% safe. Zoloft itself has never been associated with birth defects or anything but other meds like it have. They will montitor me just to be sure but my MW has no concerns for me taking it and encourages it. It will do the baby no good to have me at super high stress levels and my bp rising.

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I emailed my dr about this.... So we will see Smile

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I think zoloft is now a no no because of birth defects.. I think wellbuterin is safe. Your doc will know. Hugs i have super anxiety and insomnia for about 7 years

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U girls are so sweet

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I have no advice, but I wanted to send you a :bighug:. I hope your doctor gets back to you quickly and you're able to get feeling better soon.

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According to my dr and my psychiatrist Zoloft is safe to take as there have never been birth defects associated with it. I know there are those commercials going around about it and others but my psychiatrist and MW say there is no basis for saying Zoloft has caused any defects heart or otherwise. In the 3rd tri there is a risk of pulmonary edema for the baby but it is very small (it's my understanding all anti-depressants run this risk) I took it with my last baby and I know 2 other women who took it who were pg at the same time as me and we all had perfectly healthy babies. I can't take Wellbutrin as one of the side effects is anxiety and anxiety is my worst issue, depression is second to that so I know nothing about it. Hope your dr gets back to you soon!

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Still thinking about you! Hope you get to feeling better soon!:bigarmhug::bigarmhug:

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My ob and my internal med had me come off my Celexa right away... and the OB wouldn't even discuss the option of anything until at least third trimester.

I feel like I'm struggling too. I'd like to get on something, but I wondered - if I'm taking the meds, even if it doesn't cause a birth defect, will it screw up my baby's brain chemistry and give him/her depression issues?? What about when baby is born - won't it have the same awful withdrawal that I do upon rapidly going off the meds?

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Like I said I took Zoloft the whole time I was pg with my last dd and she had no withdrawal whatsoever nor did either of the other babies whose moms I knew took the meds. As far as I know there is no risk of it messing up the baby's brain chemistry. It's always an individual choice whether or not to take the meds but I can honestly say those are two things I have never worried about and I tend to worry a lot. Depression and anxiety are hereditary so there is a good chance if you have it your child might get it meds or no meds.

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Heh... thanks Tiffany! I'm a super obsesser about stuff.

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You could even try sublingual vitamin B12 at 1000mcg as this is safe in pregnancy and may help somewhat in the meantime!