Post # 1
I take Prozacc for depression. Today, my husband and I went to a doctor to get some information on pregnancy. She recommended that I switch to Zoloft once I get pregnant, maybe even beforehand. I am nervous about this because I read that a pregnant woman taking Zoloft can cause the child to have autism. Does anyone have/had experience taking Zoloft while pregnant? Did it cause your baby to have birth defects? Thanks
Post # 2
I take anxiety medication so similar boat. I would talk to your doctor who prescribes the Prozac and they can help you evaluate whether the benefits outweigh the risks of staying on your current medication.
I’m going to need to do the same thing and it makes me so nervous!
Post # 3
jonandjessgetwed: She did say that the benefits outweigh the risks. I’m still nervous though!
Post # 4
I have heard that any SSRIs can have a possibility of leading to autism. But I would ask lots of questions to your Dr. So you can make an informed decision, maybe a second opinion would not hurt also.
Post # 5
No experience with Zoloft, but just wanted to say, make sure that YOU want to switch and are comfortable with this. What does your regular doctor say? I agree, if this medication is helpful for you, perhaps the doctors can work around it. Maybe get other opinion if you can, like a maternal fetal medicine specialist. I did this once and they suggested the benefits outweigh the risks. Good luck!
Post # 6
My sister took Zoloft with both pregnancies and her children are neurotypical!
Post # 7
I took Zoloft while pregnant, my daughter was born not breathing. She has high functioning autism. They told me the benefits outweighted the risks. I regret it so much.
ETA: Ask about Buspar
Post # 8
I’ve been on Zoloft for 5 years and was concerned about the risk of Autism when we started TTC but also VERY nervous about taper off the meds because I dont do well without them. I talked it over with my OB and he doesnt believe there is a link and says that untreated depression is just as dangerous to babies. Is there a reason he wants to switch you from prozac to zoloft for the pregnancy? They are both SSRIs with similar risks
This is a long read but very good info regarding the study and its findings:
And this is a link to med pub which has lots of different studies and thier results (to the right “similar articles” has more info
Post # 9
I’m not on Zoloft specifically, but am on a different SSRI for OCD. I got mixed messages at first. My OB told me she’d like to see me off the drug, and my psychologist said she frequently prescribes SSRI’s to pregnant women who go on to have healthy babies and she was no concerend at all bout me remaining on it. So I went for a second opinion at a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist, and she was SO reassuring that if it’s a drug that benefits me and allow me to remain mentally and emotionally healthy, that it would be reckless NOT to take it during pregnancy. As for the most recent study out of Canada that is linking Autism to SSRI’s, there is a counter study with an even large sample size out of Denmark which suggests it is not the SSRI that causes autism, but the underlying condition of depression itself.
Bottom line, there is just so much conflicting info out there. Consider seeking a second opinion from a specialist if you’re have trouble making a decision.
Post # 10
My doctors recommended I come off everything and see how I got on and that they would try something new if I needed it as there is no telling how a woman will react physically and emotionally during pregnancy.
Luckily I haven’t needed anything so far, think somehow the hormones have stabilised me somewhat (I’m bipolar) but I have a specialist midwife and mental health team just in case.