Zoloft During Pregnancy??

Jaime - posted on 12/09/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am 24 weeks pregnant and have been suffering from horrible anxiety and panic attacks. They have gotten so bad that I don't even want to leave the house. My doctor yesterday put me on 25mg of Zoloft and told me that I could ween off during the end of my pregnancy. I took my first pill this morning and I am feeling pretty weird. Has anyone else out there taken this during pregnancy??? If so how was your baby?? Would love to hear from you...

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Nikki - posted on 12/22/2009

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just wanted to add also. if that med doesnt agree with you lovan is also safe to take and works in the same way as zoloft but is a different ingredient

Nikki - posted on 12/22/2009

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zoloft is perfectly safe to tkae during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding. when they try to wean you off the meds and you start feeling anxious they will decide to keep you on them.

i suffer from manic depression and took anti depressant meds during my first pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding. im currently in my second pregnancy and taking antidepressants with no risk to the baby.

you'll be fine. it takes a good 4 to 6 weeks for the meds to start working properly in your body but should definitely not harm you or the baby.

wish you all the best

Sheryl-ann - posted on 12/21/2009

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i was immediatley taken off al my psych meds with my first and now my 2nd pregnancy i was on zoloft the fist time and the babay gets it in the blood i think u need a second opinon i am also a nurse

Staci - posted on 12/10/2009

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I was on Celexa before I got pregnant with both my pregnancies....I am expecting my second. I just stuck it out both times during the pregnancy and didn't take any medications...this time has been much tougher than the last time. I think the anticipation of the first baby kinda kept my spirits a little higher than this time around. I have all intentions of being on Zoloft as soon as this baby is born though...I was on Zoloft when my first was born and stayed on it the whole time I was nursing. I switched back my Celexa once I finished nursing. Zoloft and Prozac are supposed to be safe for use while pregnant and while nursing. Whether you use them or not is your personal decision. You can always consider going to counseling while you are pregnant to help find some natural ways to deal with your anxiety/depression if you are really concerned about the drugs. The other thing you should know is that it takes about 2 weeks to really feel the drugs take effect on your mood...in the meantime, you may get sleepy after you take them and they may upset your stomach.

Nikki - posted on 12/10/2009

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I was on zoloft for my last 2 trimesters of my pregnancy. My daughter is just fine and hasn't had any problems. I remember feeling strange for the first few weeks (my dr told me that's how it would be), but I felt fine after that. It worked well for me. I stayed on the medication for about a month or so after I had my daughter. My husband was deployed during my pregnancy and came home about 2 weeks after my daughter was born. I think it depends on what you need. I think it helped.

Jaime - posted on 12/10/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

ok, now i dont want to scare you, because my doc cant be sure what caused this, but i was told i could keep taking it with low risk to problems for the baby, and i miscarried my baby.i immedietely went off of the meds when my huband and i decided to try again because evven though i have some pretty severe panic symptoms as well, nothing made me feel worse than wondering if this caused my miscarriage. i didnt want to take ANY risks with my next pregnancy. i just had my baby a few weeks ago and have started back on my meds this week. it was rough at times without the meds, but i made it and i am so glad that i didnt take the risk again. i will pray for you in your decision because i know that it is a difficult one that only you and your doc can make. good luck and i hope that you feel better. panic is not fun to go through.



That is so awful.. I'm so sorry for your loss.  How far along were you when you had the miscarriage?  I haven't taken it up until this point and everything with my baby has been healthy.  Do you think starting it at 24 weeks is any safer?

Emma - posted on 12/10/2009

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i took zoloft in my last pregnancy and my baby was fine i stoped taking it 6 weeks before my due date so that i could have a home birth but u need to think if ur anxiety is that bad its not good for the baby so the small risk of the meds outweighs the risk of u doing something u may regret later that was how my dr explained it to me this time i am taking elixor something not entierly sure but the only risk is the baby may have some breathing issues after birth i just have to have oxygen handy and i think that it is a risk worth taking for my mental health and well being u cant raise a baby or make decisons wen u cant think straight it may make u feel a bit sick in the belly just ask ur dr for some maxalon its aswome stuff good luck

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I was on prozac before I got pregnant. When I went to my doctor for my first appointment she took me off the prozac. She asked if I thought I needed something or if I could handle being without a medication at all. I knew I needed to be on something. She told me that I could be on Wellbutrin but they were all classified as Class C drugs. I haven't done a lot of research on them but she did say that there were more recorded problems with certain drugs than with others but they all ran risks of causing fetal problems. If I research more and I find out anything regarding Zoloft specifically I will let you know.

However, as an aside not regarding pregnancy, I was once prescribed Zoloft and refused to take the medication. I have had three separate friends placed on Zoloft for depression/anxiety and out of the three two of them committed suicide. I would just make sure you talk to people about how you feel so things don't get worse for you emotionally. If it was my decision I would ask to be put on something else.

Stephanie - posted on 12/09/2009

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ok, now i dont want to scare you, because my doc cant be sure what caused this, but i was told i could keep taking it with low risk to problems for the baby, and i miscarried my baby.i immedietely went off of the meds when my huband and i decided to try again because evven though i have some pretty severe panic symptoms as well, nothing made me feel worse than wondering if this caused my miscarriage. i didnt want to take ANY risks with my next pregnancy. i just had my baby a few weeks ago and have started back on my meds this week. it was rough at times without the meds, but i made it and i am so glad that i didnt take the risk again. i will pray for you in your decision because i know that it is a difficult one that only you and your doc can make. good luck and i hope that you feel better. panic is not fun to go through.

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