Zoloft withdrawal while pregnant

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I have been virtually anxiety free for a few years now and have decided to start a family with my husband. I would never want to take medication while pregnant, as I wouldn't want my baby to feel any withdrawal from the drug. I started weaning off of Zoloft in April. I started at 100 and went to 87.5 for 4 weeks. From that point on, my weaning schedule went as follows with each dose lasting for approximately 4 weeks: May 87.5mg June 75mg July 62.5mg August 50mg September 37.
If you have become suicidal in the past when stopping Zoloft, then definitively do not stop it on your own while pregnant! Make an appointment with an OB-gyn before making any decision. I took take some medications because I could not live without them (Ambien for insomnia, a steroid inhaler for asthma and a thyroid medication - all approved by my Ob-gyn). Yes I would prefer not taking any medication at all but sometimes medications are needed to keep the mother healthy. Good luck!
as a matter of a fact i quit talking zoloft because i found out that i was pregnant and then after i had my son and after normal daily routines.. i believe i am EXACTLY the same weight that i was at before.. i think it might be all in your head.. and if you read the papers that come with your prescription.. zoloft does change your brain chemistry.. do a little research.. you should have done more research before taking any drug!
I said this last time when I went on the Zoloft that I wouldn't come off again except while I'm pregnant, and had intended to go back on it after delivery, but now I'm not so sure. Withwithdrawal effects like this I'm not sure if its all that safe to be on it to begin with - although it has definately been a lifesaver for me.
Two months AFTER being off Zoloft I continued to have withdrawal symptoms My last Zoloft dose, and I tapered down slowly, was 8-31-06. I then had to taper down and go off Xanax (last Xanax dose was yesterday, 12-14-06). Continuing headaches, twitches, flu-like symptoms. I have read that this is all withdrawal symptoms. When I got aff Paxil there were no withdrawal symptoms once I was off. Now, with Zoloft and Xanax, I still am dealing with withdrawal symptoms.
SSRI's that can be used while pregnant and is often prescribed to treat depression/anxiety in pregnant women when the benefits outweigh the potential (albeit small) risks. That being said, like most SSRI's it is best to avoid taking this in the 1st trimester, as that is when fetal defects can occur, however Zoloft is relatively safe in the 2nd and 3rd trimester (although some women wean during the latter stages of pregnancy to prevent withdrawal phenomena).
This often requires the baby to remain in the NICU until these withdrawal effects pass. You should discuss the benefits of taking Zoloft, while pregnant, versus the risks with your doctor. Also, you could always wean yourself off the Zoloft and see how you function without it. If you got pregnant and felt you needed something to take the edge off, you could go back on it.
a side effect. The withdrawal was similar to your experience with zoloft only mine also included nausea and vomiting for five days. Could have been part due to Klonopin withdrawal which is what I was taking at the psych ward before I checked myself out after going into seizures and DT's and got no help from the staff there. I felt I was safer withdrawing at home. I can shake down and go delirius there and at least be much more comfortable.
When I went off Paxil I got severely depressed and angry, and still am, three years later, but I don't think Zoloft is as problematic, and most people do get over it fairly soon. But it is classic withdrawal symptoms. Good luck, and remember, you're doing this for a positive reason, that should help.
AFter having the baby I knew i needed to go back on something so i chose zoloft. I took it while i was nursing and there seemed to be no affects to the baby at all...and zoloft has worked MUCH better for me than lexapro...
Im currently 30 weeks pregnant and my doctor suggested that I get off the zoloft and take wellbutrin. I took zoloft for panic attacks and anxiety never for depression. My doctor said it was my choice but I dont want to hurt my baby please can someone give me advice I feel horrible and cant stop crying and am feeling very nervous.
Should I loose the fantasy of ever having a baby, or is being on antidepressants while pregnant not really that bad?
did the xanax while you were taking while pregnant then got off of effect your baby? should I just go to the hospital and see what they say? with my new medicaid, hardly any doctors are taking it right now. My dad told me if I go to the hospital that all they will say is that I am having anxiety and send me home. I think he is wrong. They will check me and see how the baby is doing I would think. Maybe even a sonogram. That is why I am having such a hard time with this.
I dont know weather to go on medication like zoloft they say I could take when im pregnant.. I get spaced ot at times at home and have the panic attacks and I just dot feel normal anymore I want to be normal again I hate this ..I feel like I am being a bad mom and it scares me when I get flash thoughts of hurting my self or someone else or snapping out or just going crazy... What do you guys think?
This often requires the baby to remain in the NICU until they pass. You should discuss the benefits of taking Zoloft, while pregnant, versus the risks with your doctor. Also, you could always wean yourself off the Zoloft and see how you function without it. If you got pregnant and felt you needed something to take the edge off, you could go back on it.
I was never told, remember that I started this years ago, that I would have problems with withdrawal. If this is what withdrawal from this med. does to you when you are not taking it, then what is it doing to our bodies when we are taking it!.. Good luck and God bless to all of you. Always remember when times get tough, that you are never truly alone.
You'll most likely have withdrawal symptoms for a while if you don't. No, they won't last forever, only until your body readjusts. I would suggest you go to your primary care physician and ask him/her to prescribe the medicine for you while you taper off to avoid these sever physical symptoms. If you can't afford that, go to the emergency room and explain the sever physical symptoms and severe depression, they should help you in some way. Hope this helps.
I was taking pristiqe for depression and anxiety I'm 6 wks today and as soon as I found out I was pregnant the Dr. Made me switch over to Zoloft for depression. I've heard nothing but horrible things about Zoloft. Is there anyone that has takin it during their pregnancy? What is your opinion and experience?
These are just some of the MAIN things I am feeling while slowly slowly weaning off of this drug that was supposed to help me. My doctor that put me on Paxil told me to only stay on it for 1 year. So one year later, this is what's going on. It is happening to everyone trying to wean off of Paxil. If you don't have one symptom, you have the other. And lucky me, I have most of them.
nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, and leg movements, or jerking.
i couldn't wait for labor so i could request SOME DRUGS!!!! I was advised to get counseling while pregnant, but i chose not to. I watched my husband get worse and worse... and you know what was first on his mind while i was in labor... he had to drive my kids to a friend's house while i was in labor, and he made sure to cop and get as high as a kite before returning to the hospital. He was so high while i was in labor, he was sitting in the chair nodding off!
My daughter had problems cutting back on zoloft when she was pregnant, but she was able to take a lower dose all the way to the last two weeks, and both her and baby are fine. I hope you feel better, if you need to talk, I'm here to listen. The doctor has me on xanax just until my effexor kicks in, and it does help alittle, but the whole depressive thing is VERY scary.
I have a somewhat mild seasonal depression. I never had an outright panic attack until my second day on paxil. The funny thing was, the doctors acted as if it had nothing to do with the drug. I was unable to function for about 10 days. Just sat in bed and lost about 20 lbs. Either someone is being misinformed or there are just some very ignorant doctors our there. Be careful who you choose. If they don't listen or seem to believe how you're feeling, find someone new!
After I finished the project in mid-may, I decided that I needed to stop using a drug to get through the day, so I tried to just stop taking it. WOW! Serious withdrawal symptoms including joint and muscle pain, stomch issues, fatigue, depression and a strange hollowness in my nerves ensued. I didn't feel I could just stop functioning for a week or two or whatever it would take, so I used some hydrocodone that I had to help me get my tramadol use down to 100mg per day over the course of a week.
you should always taper under a docs supervision, never cold turkey go back on your med and start to wean slowly talk to your doc first and go from there.
When i want to make plans to go out of town i first have to make sure i'm going to have enough pills while gone, so i don't have to worry about going through withdrawal symptoms.So alot of what i want to do is controlled by getting enough of these damm pills. I am to embarrased to tell anyone what a mess i have got myself into.
I am convinced that these are the symptoms of codeine/hydrocodone withdrawal. WHAT do I do about this? I can't STAND it!!! I have three children to take care of (two of them are babies). I can't take care of myself now because I am "sick" so to speak. I have been completely honest with my husband about this. He agrees that this is probably withdrawal, I need to do "cold turkey" (what choice do I have anyway?) and tough it out for the next week or so.
anyhow it was under control, then i got remarried and pregnant. i was worried about such a high dosage and being pregnant. so i tapered down then i ran out and didn't refill it. i had no physical side effects at all. i thought i was home free, then totally unrelated i had a stillborn birth at 21 weeks pregnant. i opted not to restart the medication, about 2 weeks later i found my self shopping again, and compulsively snacking on cany and sunflower seeds.
After a year or so, of trying the different antidepressants, I found that Zoloft worked the best for me. I was getting my life back and feeling good. After 3 months of taking 100mg per day, I was surprised to learn that I am pregnant. I swear its an immaculate conception... lol As hubby says "We don't even do it anymore". So after talking to my psychiatrist, he recommended cold turkey (after I expressed concern with tapering).
i have just come off zoloft and the side affects are horendious i would go to the zoloft website there u will see the makers website look at the pdf on what doctors should know before priscribing zoloft u will be amazed and the doctors wont tell u about the side affect etc if its only mild why not try a health food shop im on magnesuim now and evening primrose and vit b its amazing i feel 90 percent better and like left coast chick said therapy would be benificail i put my depressed son on zolo
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