Zoloft During Pregnancy?

Jaime - posted on 12/09/2009 ( 13 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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Sarena - posted on 12/09/2009

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Zoloft is the only antidepressant that you can take while pregnant and nursing. You are doing the right thing by taking it. Your body is going to take a couple of weeks to get used to the extra seritonan levels. My daughter turned out beautiful and healthy. Congrats on your pregnancy.

Marla - posted on 12/09/2009

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i just want to say to those of you who are these meds. that each person responds different to each medication....so keep close watch of your reactions to them. It is however, so important to be on medication if you are having severe depression.....you cannot be a happy mom if you can't function. i was not on medication when i should have been and was very hard on my children. it is not our fault that this is happening, but we must be in control, so we don't take it out on the ones we care about, especially innocent children. so good for you for getting the help that you need. there can be side effects, so pay attention to your body. Good luck with your new children and your Pregnancies.

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I would only trust a licensed psychiatrist with medication. These drugs often change classes when outcomes are found as they are used in the public. A friend of mine used Zoloft and her baby ended up in the NICU with seizures. I was 9 months pregnant at the time and the situation was very scary for all. My ob wanted me to go on it for those 3rd trimester hormones making me jittery, but I did not and when I told my psychiatrist he was upset that OB's are handing out these meds.

Kate CP - posted on 12/09/2009

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Zoloft is considered a pregnancy safe drug. You can visit http://www.safefetus.com for more info. I took zoloft, wellbutrin, and trazadone throughout my pregnancy as I'm bipolar and my daughter has not had any issues (she's nearly four). 25mg is a very small dose of Zoloft so honestly I wouldn't worry about it. You may feel a little funky when first taking it but don't stop your medication! It will make your condition worse.

Micah - posted on 12/09/2009

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Usually it will take a few weeks for you to feel the effects of antidepressants. It might be a little bit more psychological. Maybe you are having a bit of anxiety just starting a new medication. Zoloft is safe to take during pregnancy. I work in an OB office and it is commonly prescribed to patients experiencing anxiety/depression.

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Lorena - posted on 11/26/2012

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25mg is the smallest dosage for Zoloft, most individuals start at 25mg and ramp up to 100,150 or 200mg.

Danielle - posted on 03/13/2012

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I wanted to follow up and see how your little one is doing and if he/she had any side effects due to the medications. I am on anti depressants because of horrible postpartum depression and we want to have another one but I am afraid that either one: I will be a wreck again or two: the medication will harm the baby. Thanks!

Jaime - posted on 12/10/2009

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Thank you so much for all your comments. It really has made me feel better to know that there are other women out there that can relate. I really hate to take anything whilst pregnant, but the anxiety has taken over my life. Being afraid to leave the house in fear of a panic attack has completely consumed me. I just want to be the best mother I can possibly be. I'm afraid that this overwhelming feeling will stop me from doing that. I'm hoping that I see a dramatic difference in things the next few weeks.

Michelle - posted on 12/09/2009

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I took Celexa during my entire second pregnancy at a dosage of 40mg per day. The only concern they had was that baby *may* have withdrawal when born. He didn't, mainly because it was a low dosage especially during the last trimeseter when my metabolism sped up like crazy. Zoloft however is more potent, so you may want to chat with your doctor about switching to a more mild antidepressant during the pregnancy or about lowering the dosage throughout.

I am surprised however that she didn't have you "ramp" up to the full 25 mg dosage. If you are feeling "weird", I suggest talking to your doctor about starting at a lower dosage (say 10mg), then moving up by 5mgs a week until at full dosage. Just remember to take it every day and not to double dose if you miss one. You have to remember these are pretty serious mood altering drugs, and should be handled carefully. Be sure to research the side effects and let your doctor know which ones you are experiencing as well as any new ones that may come up. Mine included dry mouth, lighteheadness, night sweats and they made me a little drowsy, especially in the evening.

Bobbi Scanlon - posted on 12/09/2009

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I took effexor during my whole pregnancy and my daughter is 18 weeks and perfectly healthy

Dawn - posted on 12/09/2009

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when I became pregnant with my 2nd child I was on zoloft and stopped taking it. Had a very stressful life situation so my ob put me back on a small dose during my 2nd trimester. My daughter is 9 months old and a perfectly, happy little girl.

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I wasn't on Zoloft but did take Wellbutrin while pregnant with my daughter and she turned out just fine. If you don't get used to the Zoloft ask your dr about wellbutrin - although you can't nurse if you're taking it so that is something to consider if you plan on nursing. Hope things work out for you!

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