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    Hi, I started taking 50mg of Zoloft at about 20 weeks due to severe anxiety, I am now 35 1/2 weeks and went to get my script filled yesterday and the pharmacist absolutley refused to give it to me as he said it can cause shocking complications. I am now quiet worried and confused...My doctor said it was ok especially as i'm on such a low dose and she said to slowely cut back to one every second day to one every third day leading up to the birth so as to avoid baby withdrawal as much as I can, I am currently back to one every second day. Can I have your experiences please or any further knowledge you may have..TIA

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    my sister and law was on it about 8 years ago when she had her son, the doctor told her it was fine to be on it. When she gave birth at the hospital, the obstetrician said she absolutely should not have been taking it while pregnant, and then baby did have some fit's after he was born. He was fine after about 3 days. Its really hard when there is SO much conflicting advice out there. SIL would have been on a higher dose i'd say, but her son has always been extremely developmentally delayed since birth (in comparison to the other 3 who are fine and very bright). If you are on a low dose, it probably won't have too much of an effect, but perhaps you should go back to your doctor and get her to go through the risks with you? My SIL was so angry that the GP didn't tell here there were risks associated with it. She does have a very difficult to control mental illness though, and i think they though the risks of not taking it were greater.

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    I can't give you experience of Zoloft but I can tell you that pharmacists love to paint the worst picture possible. My GP gave me a serving for staying on 10mg lexapro as I am 5 weeks pregnant. I did days and days of research prior to TTC and knew that lexapro is one of the safer anti depressants to be on while pregnant. In fact, it is much more unsafe for the health of your baby to be untreated while pregnant. Armed with my research I very calmly asked my GP, "Have you never had a pregnant woman on Lexapro?". What could he say? Of course he had and they had all gone on to have very healthy happy babies! He hasn't said a word since! Do your research on Zoloft but I'm about 99% sure I've heard that it's in the same category as Lexapro.

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    http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/...astfeeding.pdf

    http://www.otispregnancy.org/files/sertraline.pdf

    Hope these work, and are helpful.

    Your dr has weighed up all possibilities when prescribing zoloft for you. As helpful and well intentioned as pharmacists can be, they don't know your full background or management plan.

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    I am on 50mg Zoloft & was my whole pregnancy. I was told that sometimes people cut their dose down in the second or third trimester but because of my history with depression they would want me to resume taking my full dose once bub was born. My doctor & I weighed everything up & decided for me to keep taking my full dose throughout the whole pregnancy.

    My little boy is 7 weeks old now & we had absolutely no problems. One doctor (my husbands GP) advised me to come off it while pregnant but my own GP, my fertility specialist & my ob all were happy with me to take it. I was told that the baby could have small breathing issues when born but it would be minimal & fixed quickly. When I brought this up with my other doctors they said they'd never heard of that happening.

    I think the pharmacy you saw has old, very old, information. Years & years ago it wasn't tested on pregnant women & because they didn't know if there would be side effects they advised pregnant women not to take it. It's since been tested & is safe to take.

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    Ive been on Lexapro up until the past fortnight. Both Lexapro and Zoloft are SSRIs and work in similar ways. I was told by GP that during preg (or BFing!) is ok, but to wean off by the last month of preg as otherwise bub may have some breathing difficulties when born.

    My Ob hasn't said anything to me about it so I'm assuming that he's happy with me doing that.

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    I think the pharmacy you saw has old, very old, information. Years & years ago it wasn't tested on pregnant women & because they didn't know if there would be side effects they advised pregnant women not to take it. It's since been tested & is safe to take.
    I think this is probably true, but as previously posted my nephew was born with breathing difficulty and having fits for 3 days, and the doctors at the hospital told them it was from the zoloft. So there probably is a bit of conflicting advice.

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    I am 25+3 and am also on the 50mg dose of Zoloft. One doctor tried to wein me off it but I tried and started having massive panic attacks and got really depressed so went back on it again. The midwives are happy for me to stay on it and I have made sure my doc knows I am on it too, and they all seem to think its better to have a happy mum. I have also been told that Zoloft is the best anti depressant to be on if pregnant. I plan to stay on it as I know how bad I can get when I don't have it. This would be a loooong and horrible pregnancy if I went off those tablets!

    All the best to you.


 

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