Post # 1
I am currently taking Paxil and Wellbutrin, both for anxiety. If we got pregnant, would these affect the baby? Obviously I will need to ask my doctor and discuss this with him, but am wondering about it… preliminarily.
Post # 3
have you read dooce.com? she went through one pregnancy on antidepressants. the pregancy she did wihout antidepressants landed her in a mental hospital not long after the baby was born. it’s a very personal thing that you need to discuss with your doctor to weigh the particular risks.
Post # 4
Yes, it should say right on the label of the paxil prescription bottle: do not take if pregnant or planning pregnancy.
Post # 5
i think a lot of pregnant women take both of those. but i would def talk to your dr if you’re planning on trying to get pregnant. meds have different effects during different stages of pregnancy. some you should avoid at the beginning, some are more worrisome if you’re closer to your due date. they would prob want you to be on the lowest effective dose of whatever medication you end up on, so now might be a good time to work on that & see what level you can tolerate. maybe even switch to something you take as needed, if you don’t have frequent symptoms. that being said, a lot of women find their symptoms changes during pregnancy. your hormones play a huge roll in it. do you have clinics or drs that specialize in working with women with anxiety or psychiatric needs needs near you? it’s great that you are taking the time to look into this before getting pregnant, sounds like you are going to be a well informed, thoughtful mother someday! good luck
Post # 6
Like others said, I would talk to a doctor. And make sure you trust your doctor and ask if they have experience with other people who have anxiety and are taking those meds.
My OB has 5 doctors in their practice, and I’ve seen 3 of them and a nuerologist. They’ve all given me different answers on what migraine medications I should and am allowed to take. A lot of it is a matter of opinion b/c there aren’t a lot of studies done. Good luck!
Post # 7
I don’t know the specific risks of those particular medications. Not only should you talk to your ob/gyn about the risks of the medications, you should talk to whoever is prescribing them about the emotional toll of going off the meds vs the benefit of continuing them. They’ll want to monitor you more closely if any changes are made before TTC or to see if you need changes if you decide to continue taking them after TTC/during pregnancy.
Post # 8
If you’re thinking about TTC, I’d talk to your doctor soon about meds (particularly about Paxil, which is probably the bigger concern of the two). If you decide that the best plan for you is to continue with medication but consider other combinations or options, it would be ideal to get to establish a drug regimen that both works for you and is acceptable during pregnancy some time in advance of actually becoming pregnant.