Post # 1
I take medication for a mood disorder and will be married for two years this Fall. I have wanted to start planning for a family for a while now, but I had a relapse this past Spring. I am very discouraged. Planning for a family would require transitioning to the medication Seroquel. I have taken this in the past and it made me very dizzy, and gave me increased appetite and weight gain. I am a life time Weight Watcher. I want to start a family and I want to have children but I am being advised by a specialist that Seroquel is the safest medication for pregnancy and the condition. I am very hesistant because of the dizziness, and especially the weight gain.
Does anyone have any experience of taking this medication while pregnant?
Thanks for any advice.
Post # 2
Talk to a psychiatrist, they are the best qualified to inform you about side effects and drug safety during pregnancy.
Post # 3
I can’t comment on the pregnancy aspect, but I know Seroquel didn’t do anything for me besides knocking me on my ass.
Post # 4
I am consulting with two specialists, just trying to make a decision.
Post # 5
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I imagine that if you are looking into transitioning to a different medication that you are prepared to prioritise safety during your pregnancy.
Talk to your specialist(s), voice your concerns about the side-effects you know you are likely to experience and ask what might be done about it.
Is there another medication that has a similar risk profile that might not cause these issues? Sometimes doctors have a ‘go to’ medication that they have found useful in many patients, but that doesn’t always take into account a patient’s individual circumstance…not saying they are holding out on you, just that they need to know to be able to offer you the best options in your situation.
From previous experience does the dizziness prevent you from being able to work or fulfill other important activities of daly living? Explore what supports can be put in place for you (work place, insurance, government, family, community?).
Weight gain from this (and similar medications) is a well know problem (along with other metabolic changes) and it is important that if you decide to do this you have supports in place to lead as healthy a life as you can (including having your partner ‘on board’). Perhaps a referral to a dietitian or other professional in nutrition would reassure you on the weight issue. Many people use pregnancy as an ‘opportunity’ for making healthy changes in their diets because of the health impact they can have on themselves and their future child. In the case of Seroquel and its er, relatives I believe it is best practice to have in place a pretty aggressive diet and exercise plan to combat the unfortunate side effects, so that’s two reasons to become a lean, mean baby-making machine 😛
The other side of that coin is that if you are well managed on a different medication, unlike some people you may not have to be on Seroquel indefinitely and that is certainly a positive if you do not like the side effects. I know people who are otherwise healthy who have had awful pregnancies in general, but for them it did pass (of course) and knowing it would helped them get through. Perhaps also discuss with your specialist what the general plan is with women in your situation after the birth (when do they usually get to go back to their preferred treatment?). Even if this looks like an 18-24 month plan knowing that there is an end may help you feel more confident in making a decision.
However, it is fairly accepted in many societies that women usually gain weight during pregnancy, and do not always lose it afterwards, so if that is generally putting you off it’s a fairly standard concern even without Seroquel that you may need to think about more.
Post # 6
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weightwatchers152: I’m not sure. I have actually been googling this in vain hope to find information about it, however, all materials I have found pretty much state that any effects are inconclusive other than some sort of syndrome (stephenson something or other – don’t remember) that a newborn can get, which I also had to look up (apparently it is treatable). Best thing to do is probably to talk to the person who will be your prenatal specialist and your psychiatrist (they may even want to talk to one another). Let me know what happens because I am concerned about going off Seroquel and being pregnant or even going off. Good luck 🙂
Post # 7
I will be taking seroquel throughout my pregnancy. I just started it up again, as it was the advised drug of choice in combination with lamictal. It knocks me on my ass and the sugar cravings are intense, but for me it is well worth proactive management of a mood episode or a post partum psychosis (which scares me the most). I fight the cravings by acknowledging they are the result if the medication, and try to get some regular exercise. Lamictal is another drug of choice during pregnancy for mood, no weight side effects. Could you explore that as an option with your doctor? I too consulted with a specialist, and am disappointed with going back on seroquel, but it’s only for a limited amount of time, and for me the benefits of the medication throughout pregnancy and post partum far outweigh the downsides. Tough decisions 🙁