Post # 1
I’m on medication for my Fibro and we are TTC but I am wondering how my meds might be affecting this. I was put on Savella and I am considering talking to my dr about stopping it for a bit, but the only thing is that I was just diagnosed last year. The pain is so bad when I have nothing to control it, plus the fact that I was just getting it under control.
I don’t want to screw up if I do get pregnant but I know it is going to be a long road for me if I quit my meds too. I’m kinda in a lose/lose situation. I really need advice.
Post # 3
I would first talk to your doctor. I know that mine want me on medication for endometriosis for a while. My husband and I aren’t even considering TTC yet, but I’m worried that it will be horrible without medication
Post # 4
@Loreleis_Song: I don’t really have any advice, but I just wanted to reach out that I’m in a similar situation. I am on heavy amounts of Fioricet for my severe migraines and am currently NTNT, hoping to progress to TTC soon. Honestly, I think it’s going to take me a long time to get preg so I have decided to worry about this when the time comes. If I find out I’m pregnant I’ll quit immediately, but I’m not going to suffer needlessly. Migraines can literally be debilitating for me, so I feel for your situation. Feel free to PM me if you need someone to relate.
Post # 5
Totally, I get migraines as well. Thankfully, they are not quite as often as they had been. But when I do get them, I’m out of commission. I’m on Treximet for them and it works well but it’s a take as one starts so thankfully not a daily med.
Post # 6
I would talk to your doctor. I also get severe migraines and while TTC my doctor gave me some meds that are ok while pregnant, and had me stop taking the ones that aren’t. That way I didn’t have to worry during that two week wait.
For a lot of meds, your doctor will weigh the risks to the benefits. If you’re in that much pain, it might just be better for you and the baby to take it, so your body is not going through constant stress.
Post # 7
Your best bet would be to speak to your GP. I was on medication that can cause spina bifida :S. Big no-no :/
Post # 8
I’m in a similar boat, but with my narcolepsy medication. My doctor said to stop taking it all together, but I could barely get through the day. We worked out a plan so that I now take 1/4 of my usual dose, and only every other day. It’s just enough to give me a balance. Maybe something like that would work for you?
Post # 9
Savella is currently a Category C medication for pregnancy, which generally means that it hasn’t been adequately studied in humans, and that it either hasn’t been studied in animals, or that some studies of the drug in animals do show a detrimental effect on fetuses. This definitely falls into the the realm of “ask your doctor”- you’ll really have to to talk over the risks and benefits with someone who understands your medical history, and can help you understand your options. It may be that if you tell your doc that you are TTC, s/he can help you look into alternative medications or other treatments to manage your fibro.
I’d also check the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and start charting so that you understand when your best chances for getting pregnant are- if you have to be off meds, I’d imagine that you, more than most, would benefit from anything that might help shorten the TTC/pregnancy process!
But yeah, if you’re currently TTC and taking Savella, I’d make an appointment ASAP with your doctor- it may be that when you consider the options, you end up staying on it, but in case you and your doctor decide that Savella is not the best option for pregnancy, it’s best for you and any future baby to make any necessary changes to your treatment as soon as possible.