Susan - posted on 07/31/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
Hi. I am 34. I have a 4 and a half year old son. I was diagnosed with Bipolar around age 26. I did not start taking medication until my son was 6 weeks old and I had a severe manic episode. Throughout my pregnancy, I was not on any medication and did not have any issues.
I am currently on Lamictal 200 mg, Geodon 80 mg, Zoloft 100 mg and occasionally Klonopin 0.5 for panic attacks. I am trying to slowly wean off of everything because we would like to try for another baby.
So far, the process has not been easy. I feel like I am going through withdrawals. My Psychiatrist is very supportive but my OB does not yet know that I have Bipolar disorder. It did not cause any problems with my pregnancy so I never told her because I was embarrassed.
Does anyone have any advice on getting off meds? My psychiatrist seems to think the pregnancy hormones will stabilize any of my possible episodes. I have been stable for over 4 years now and am terrified something will happen when I go off the meds. Does anyone have any experience with a similiar situation and if so, how did they deal with being off meds while pregnant?
Thanks for any advice or words of wisdom you might be able to share.