(Closed) TTC soon but coming off Paxil…

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Congrats on your wedding and beginning the TTC journey!

I’m on Celexa for anxiety/depression and weaned off slooooowly for TTC. I was on 40, then did 30 for 3 weeks or so, then 20, then 10 then stopped.  I was off it for 2 months (the two months we started TTC) and I found that the stress and dissapointments that come along with not getting pregnant right off the bat were realllly intense.  I’ve decided to go back on a  low dose. Doctor’s will often talk about weighing the potential risk to a fetus versus the risk of having the mother off of the meds.  I think in my case (and celexa is a pretty safe one out there, I think prozac is the best though) going back on a smaller dose was what I needed to get by.

If you were on it for situational anxiety etc., I’d say talk to a doctor (cause I’m supposed to say that) and wean off as slowly as you can.  Sudden drops in these types of meds can be really bad – lead to worse anxiety/depression.  Good luck! Rooting for you!

Post # 5
11172 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I am not taking Paxil but my best friend has taken it for about eight to nine years. She is currently trying to concieve and was advised by her doctor that the side effects of NOT being on it far outweigh the potential birth defects and other issues of taking it while pregnant.


Post # 6
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m not TTC right now but I did take Paxil for a while and I wanted to say: do go off of it slowly! I went off too quickly at first and had weird symptoms, most notably a feeling of “zaps” going through my body (like a small current of electricity). I had to go back up in dosage and taper off more slowly but going the slow and steady route I was able to get off and have been off of Paxil for years now. Good luck with tapering and TTC when you get there ๐Ÿ™‚ For situational anxiety have you spoken with your doctor about xanax (alprazolam) or a similar medication you can take “as needed”? I don’t know about using it when you are pregnant but I spoke with my doctor about having someting for my anxiety if I really need it, but not wanting to be on a daily medication. After discussing some options with me she prescirbed xanax which I only take if I am having an anxiety or panic attack.

Post # 7
5109 posts
Bee Keeper

Edited my post. =)

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