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Posted by: Annie | 2010/11/17

Anti depressants and pregnancy

Hi
A few years ago I was diagnosed as having anxiety/OCD and was prescribed Cipralex 20mg, which I find really works well for me. The problem is that my husband and I are planning on starting a family soon and I fear that I will have to go off the Cipralex and am just so scared of feeling how I used to feel before I was put on it (which was a very scary, horrible way to feel). Does anyone have any advise for how I can deal with my anxiety during the pregnancy or if I should stay on my medication during the pregnancy even with the risks that come with it?
Any advice would be most welcome.

Thanks

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You need to discuss this with your psychiatrist, to decide the best way to manage your problems throuh a pregnancy - this is too complex a problem to work with only a GP. A psychiatrist who knows you, your problems, and your responses to meds, can help you make a wise choice to balance between the risks of taking any meds during a pregnancy and the risks of not doing so. CBT style counselling / psychotherapy can be very effective in treating anxiety or depression or OCD, and is of course safe in pregnancy

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Posted by: Maria | 2010/11/17

ps. Did you go for therapy as well, or only used the meds? A good therapist could help you cope with your symptoms, lessening the need for meds.

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Posted by: Maria | 2010/11/17

You need to discuss this with your gynae and psychiatrist. It''s a balancing act between risks to the baby if you keep taking the meds, and risk to both you and baby if you stop.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/11/17

You need to discuss this with your psychiatrist, to decide the best way to manage your problems throuh a pregnancy - this is too complex a problem to work with only a GP. A psychiatrist who knows you, your problems, and your responses to meds, can help you make a wise choice to balance between the risks of taking any meds during a pregnancy and the risks of not doing so. CBT style counselling / psychotherapy can be very effective in treating anxiety or depression or OCD, and is of course safe in pregnancy

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