[quote=Hope2Have]Okay, I have been taking Cymbalta for about 2 years for anxiety and some depression issues. I quit taking it several months ago when I started seeing my RE (she didn’t tell me to, but I read online that it wasnt’ safe during pregnancy, so I decided to do so). In recent weeks it’s became obvious again just why I needed the medicine in the first place, I just neeeeed it.
I detest going to the doctor, especially if it’s something I can call and talk to my doctor about… but which doctor should I call? I want to make sure that it’s a medication that would be safe in case I get pregnant. I haven’t seen my regular OB doctor in about a year, so figure that’s a no-go? I worry that my RE will think I’m crazy calling her to talk about anxiety/depression? And I’m afraid that my family doctor will give me something that wouldn’t be the just-right one.
Please help me out!! Thanks a bunch, this anxiety/depresison SUCKS bad.[/quote]
I have been on and off of anti-anxiety/anti-depression meds for years. Prozac seems to be what works best for me, and my MD’s say it is safe to take during pregnancy, although they would want me to reduce the dose or go off of it for the 3rd trimester because it poses a risk to the baby of low birth weight and/or breathing issues. You really need to weigh the pros and cons, and may want to talk to both your RE and family practitioner, but definitely talk to one.
When I was pregnant with my 1st, I went off of meds completely. My anxiety/depression issues have worsened though, and in talking with my MD and RE, I have decided that I need to stay on the meds while I am trying to get pregnant again, and throughout the pregnancy if and when I do get pregnant.
It seems like we are in similar situations as I cannot function without meds either. What it comes down to is that you need to take care of YOU first, because if the anxiety and depression gets the upper hand, it is hard to get back again.
for you! If you ever need someone to reach out to, I would be happy to be an email buddy… I can empathize with what you are going through. Hang in there!