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    Default TTC with mental illness

    I have bipolar and I am medicated - my DH and i want to TTC soon and I just want to know what you did - did you get off meds or stay on them?

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    Hi JessKaMay

    I am in the same sitch. I will be starting TTC in a few months. Came off all my meds last year and in the past few months have been not coping. I'm going on holiday next week and as soon as I get back will be off to see the doctor to ask that question. I'm afraid I need my meds back.

    I think the best thing to do is see your doctor and talk through the benefits of each decision. It probably depends what meds you are on and what dosage. There may be something that works for you that is perfectly safe. The answer may be different for each person. A friend of mine with epilepsy meds was told her meds were safe but wanted to come off them for her pregnancy. She ended up having 3 grand mal seizures while in labour (both her and baby were okay in the end). I know thats different but it sometimes epilepsy meds are prescribed to bipolar patients as a mood stabiliser so they might be perfectly safe to take.

    I'll check in in a couple of weeks if you like and let you know what the doc has advised for myself.

    Sorry I don't have much help for you but I'm in the same boat and wanting the same answers!

    Good luck

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    Hi,

    I'm BP and 32 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby. Leading up to TTC for my daughter I really wanted to go off my meds thinking it would be safer for the baby.

    After a lot of research and consultations with a peri-natal psychiatrist and the director of Mothersafe I realised that the relapse rates for pregnant, BP patients going off their meds is more than 70% and that many medications have been found to be safe during pregnancy and breast feeding.

    I'm happy to say that I've had really healthy pregnancies while maintaining a stable mood. I would highly recommend contacting Mothersafe (if you're in NSW) and seeing a peri natal psychiatrist throughout your pregnancy. My peri natal psychiatrist help put together a post birth plan in which I was guaranteed a single room at the hospital to ensure optimal rest after the baby was born - as lack of sleep can be such a trigger.

    When I first saw my psychiatrist she recommended this site to research the effects of meds while pregnant:
    http://www.womensmentalhealth.org/

    I was very nervous going in to it - so set up a very strong support team and have not had any hiccups.

    Good luck to you!



    DD Dec 2011, DS July 2013!

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    I went to the doc yesterday. She showed me the safety reports of all my meds and then we chose one that was considered very safe so I'm trying it out. Its called Effexor. Never had that one befoee but we'll see. I had to wave goodbye to my mood stabiliser though. Fingers crossed it goes well. Windupbird your advice is really helpful to me too. Thanks!

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    great advice windupbird

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    I was on effexor with my 3rd pregnancy and at the time it was considered safe....however when I fell preg with #4 I was told to get off it asap (by the same dr..the drug now on the unsafe list). I had a terrible time weaning off it and (I don't know if was to do with my mental illness but..) I hyperventilated through labour which I had never done before.

    As you are planning (my #3 and #4 pregnancies where both oopsies) you should speak to your Dr and get advice. You may be OK to wean off and stay off during pregnancy or you may need to find a safer one to take.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambipickle View Post
    I went to the doc yesterday. She showed me the safety reports of all my meds and then we chose one that was considered very safe so I'm trying it out. Its called Effexor. Never had that one befoee but we'll see. I had to wave goodbye to my mood stabiliser though. Fingers crossed it goes well. Windupbird your advice is really helpful to me too. Thanks!
    That's great to hear. Good luck with everything! I know everyone is different, but just as FYI, in the period leading up to TTC (and under the supervision of my psychiatrist) I weaned off my mood stabiliser (Lamotrogine) as well as the small dose of Zyprexa (anti-psychotic) I was on and just stayed on Zyban (anti-depressant). This has worked so well that we decided I probably no longer needed the first two, but have them in a back pocket in case my mood were ever to falter.


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    I'm am facing a similar situation. I'm on 50mg Zoloft and haven't had a chance to speak to my doctor yet but I plan to. All the research iv done says its safe. Anyone been preg on Zoloft?

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    I'm on Zoloft too and my psychiatrist said its his choice for pregnancy

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    I was told the same about Zoloft but I tried it years ago and it wasn't the right one for me. Have been on Effexor a few weeks now and doing well so we're nearly ready to start trying. Eeek!

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