Cymbalta during pregnancy

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Just curious if anyone has taken or has heard of anyone taking cymbalta during their pregnancy. It's a class C drug and I'm very nervous. I've searched the internet high and low and didn't get much answers. I see my regular doc in a few weeks, and my OB said I can stay on it if it's ok with my regular doc. Any advice or information would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you!
After the first 10 months, of Paxil, I gained 55lbs (while still having 9 left to lose from my pregnancy). Turns out it was the meds so they took me off. With in three days I was in hell. Awful, vivid, lucid nightmares I couldn't wake myself from. The type where I was witnessing gross murders and mutilations and many times committing them myself. Nausea, brain zaps, tremors, fatigue, cold sweats... you name it I had it. So they put me on Prozac.
If not, see your doctor for advice as it is dangerous to withdraw from an SSRI without supervision from a doctor. Cymbalta can actually be taken during pregnancy when the benefits outweigh the risks so that is something to consider. If withdrawal is recommended, medications such as vistaril can help with some of the withdrawal effects. You need to see your doctor.
The use of any drug during pregnancy is a balance between the benefits and risks of the drug. Although Xanax does increase your risk for fetal abnormalities, the fact that your baby is growing well so far with normal ultrasounds is a good sign. You should continue to discuss your medications with your Obstetrician and the physician who is managing your anxiety attacks.
And as always, you and your OBGYN must decide the benefits and risks of being on medications and which will be better for your stability during the pregnancy. Being stressed during pregnancy can cause the baby to release fecal matter into the fluid causing serious problems to the baby, even death. Also, extreme stress can cause early labor or miscarriage. Talk to your doctor, but what I have put down is very much accurate. TY!
lower back & right leg pain NOT very consistent 2001 after 2nd pregnancy. lower back & right leg pain VERY consistent 2006 after 3rd pregnancy. 2007 the start of wanting to chop my right leg off every night from the constant pain. 2008 dr prescribed me every pain med to try what helps. Tramadol 50mg 1/3xs a day was the winner! later that same year got in 2 car accidents. 1st one was horrible. hit from behind on the highway, spun around, & flipped over a couple of times.
A pregnancy Category C medicine may still be given to pregnant women if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the pregnant woman outweigh the possible risks to the unborn child. In animal studies, when rabbits were given Cymbalta during early pregnancy, the baby rabbits weighed less. When rats were given Cymbalta during pregnancy and breastfeeding, the baby rats weighed less and were less likely to survive.
Cymbalta has worked well for me. Unfortunately, not taking an antidepressant during pregnancy is not an option for me. The information on the web seems to be contradictary. Any suggestions??
Unfortunately, this is a decision that only you can make (I'd certainly talk with your RE about it) Wellbutrin is one option for the depression, as it is safe to take during pregnancy. However, if it were me, I wouldn't take any class 'C' drug...it just wouldn't be worth the risk for me! You can try Tylenol PM to help sleep (it works for me and I used to be on Trazadone). Good luck!
Depending on your medication combination and the amounts of each that you are on it's possible you may be asked to tapper a little either during the first trimester of pregnancy or during the late stages of the third trimester. Only your dr can determine that (it's very possible this won't even be needed). If your dr tells you to wean off your meds completely before pregnancy then find a dr who will work with you and address your needs.
I know of a pediatrician who had to take something during her 2nd pregnancy to prevent PPD after her first pregnancy was awful with PPD. There are some things that are safe. Look at the category. C and over are No Good. A and B are ok.
My husband and I are hoping to begin trying to conceive within the next year. I have been taking Paxil CR 25mg for about 5 years for depression and severe mood (anger) swings. My OB/GYN recommended that I wean off of it before becoming pregnant. I had cut down to a 12mg dose every 4-5 days without having physical side effects such as dizziness. However, I am becoming depressed and am having major anger issues. My question is...
I am 25 married only for a year and not really mentally prepared for a pregnancy, but my period is a week late and I just did a pregnancy test which can out negative.I have no other symptoms like nausea ets. but dono what to expect!! Its the holiday season and all labs are closed and I dont kwno how to handle this curosity!! Thanks for the usefull comments as they make me feel there are more people out there in my situation.
If I was already infected with HCV during the pregnancy, maybe the joints started getting affected from the stress of pregnancy? Carpal tunnel started around then also. Comes postpartum, post blood product, feel very sick, a few months later I get a bad sciatica attack. Joints continue hurting, sedimentation rate tests and other autoimmune tests begin, carpal tunnel gets dx, no specific dx on the other pains, teeth deteriorate rapidly, sciatica, though milder, becomes chronic ache.
Did you take Cymbalta any time during your pregnancy??
Some people find that they have to start Tirosint at a lower dosage because of the better dissolution and absorption. No reason you shouldn't be able to take Tirosint during pregnancy. As always, with pregnancy, make sure your thyroid hormone levels are tested monthly, throughout your pregnancy, because dosage may have to be increased, in order to insure adequate hormones for both you and the growing fetus.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It may harm an unborn baby. Also, babies born to mothers who have used this drug during the last 3 months of pregnancy may infrequently develop withdrawal symptoms such as feeding/breathing difficulties, seizures, muscle stiffness, or constant crying. If you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn, tell the doctor promptly. http://cymbaltasurvivors.com/index.php?topic=32.
So do I need to have my Cymbalta adjusted since I take 200 mg daily of Celebrex? I am not on the 60 mg of Cymbalta. I decided to take it for 2 reasons- 1 want my pain to go away and why not at least try it and 2 maybe it will relieve some of my depression (for which I am seeing a counselor) and I guess 3 since my husband doesn't seem to want to really try as much as in the past to have children what can it hurt I thought. THank you for your comments.
Hello there! Congrats on your pregnancy! The decision to take medications during pregnancy is a very personal one, everyone has a different viewpoints about the topic. Cymbalta is classified as a class C medication, which is middle of the road, risk wise (see table below). That means you have to work with your doctor to determine if for YOU the benefits outweigh the risks.
My husband and I decided we would like to have have a child, however I need to get off my medications. I take 300mg ultram er, 120mg cymbalta and 300mg of lamictal. I talked to my doc about this in which he is weening me off my meds, but is there anything that can help me with pain or withdrawal symptoms during this time?
I personally do not take antidepressants nor am I a medical professional but do not see why there would be any reason the two would react to one another. HCG is a natural hormone that occurs during pregnancy. There are pregnant women who take antidepressants so why not? I definitely would not stop taking them when trying the diet.
Help them help you to best manage your medical conditions through and post-pregnancy. It is best to avoid any medication during pregnancy, especially the first 12 weeks, unless the benefits outweigh the risks. Medicines in the FDA's Pregnancy Category A and B are preferred. Pregnancy category B means that animal studies haven't shown any risks to unborn babies whose mothers have taken the drug and no adequate human data has shown adverse effects.
Look on the websites for each medication, and go to their frequently asked questions or their caution section, and see what they say about taking them during pregnancy. Also discuss with your ob-gyn. That is quite a load of anti-anxiety and depression meds; my perinatologist told me that your symptoms can get worse during pregnancy due to increased blood flow or something (the medicines get diluted by the amount of blood). I would tread cautiously and with medical assistance.
Lori, I wish you all the best as you start your family. Your decision is a wise one. Stimulant medications are not recommended for use during pregnancy unless the risk to the mother outweighs the risk to the developing fetus. Antidepressants are another story, however. You really need to think about and discuss this carefully. Studies have shown that depression during pregnancy can cause serious problems both to the mother and developmentally for their offspring.
I would like to find out for sure as soon as possible since I would rather change my antidepressants or stop using them during pregnancy. Cymbalta is a relatively new drug and, to date, there are no studies on the effects on human fetus.
and it never caused any bad side effects for me and when I found out I was pregnant the first time (before I miscarried, same pregnancy though) my doctor kept me on the Cymbalta because it worked so well for me. Like I said...that pregnancy didn't end well for me, but I highly doubt it was the Cymbalta.
I took it for 7yrs and it was the best thing ever for me. During my pregnancy with my daughter I took Paxil CR . After having her I tried to go back on it. I had such a bad experience with it????? Since then I have take Effexor and it worked for about 6 months. My doctor has put me on cymbalta and I'm at 120 mgs a day. Now it is not controlling my anxiety??? Any suggestions???? I need HELP!
However, I have taken Cymbalta for anxiety in the past. I asked my Ob today during my visit if there were anything I could do for my occassional anxiety.....with out hesitation she said she would prescribe me 0.25 xanax. She said that the xanax will kick in quickly and help with the anxiety and then wear off, that I should take it only when needed.
Ok so I really hadent planned on having more children not only did I feel satisfied with the 2 I have but I have several back conditions I have 4 buldging discs 1 of which sits on my sciatic nerve.
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