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  #1  
August 31st, 2008, 12:46 PM
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Hi! I am 5 weeks pregnant and am taking 75 mg of Seroquel to sleep at night. I have been on it for 3 yrs and can't imagine going off. I have a history of depression & anxiety and experienced PPD with my last son (who is 10 yrs now) so I know to start taking ADs right after the birth. I am concerned about the effects on my unborn baby, though in the 8 yrs that Seroquel has been around there has been no confirmed reportings of birth defects. But I do worry about withdrawal after birth....will the baby have insomnia???? Has anyone taken Seroquel while pregnant? Or anxiety/depression meds throughout pregnancy? I would love to hear your story and experiences!! Thank you!
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August 31st, 2008, 04:50 PM
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Welcome to the Coping with a Mood Disorder board ... I was totally unmedicated while pregnant both times plus I have never taken Seroquel so I'm unable to answer ... however I'm sure some of the other ladies here can help you k?
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September 1st, 2008, 01:28 AM
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Im not sure sorry. I did breastfeed while taking it though and when I stopped (because it didnt work) I didnt notice any change in Noah
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September 6th, 2008, 12:59 PM
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Hi Lisa, how did you do unmedicated in your pregnancies? Did you cope okay? I don't think that is an option for me unfortunately, but wish it was. I have done a ton of researching on this topic and it seems that the chance of relapse during pregnancy when going off meds it extremely high and I don't want to take that chance. Thanks for any input!
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September 10th, 2008, 02:40 AM
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Hi Lisa, how did you do unmedicated in your pregnancies? Did you cope okay? I don't think that is an option for me unfortunately, but wish it was. I have done a ton of researching on this topic and it seems that the chance of relapse during pregnancy when going off meds it extremely high and I don't want to take that chance. Thanks for any input! [/b]
yes actually I was pretty much more than okay cause that's when I felt my best ... dunno probably the change in hormones helped me lol

I also didn't really need meds back then (my kids are 15 and almost 14) cause my illness got worse in my mid 30's (I'm 39 now)

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October 6th, 2008, 05:30 PM
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i lurk in here from time to time...and saw this post. I have bi-polar and I remained on my Seroquel (250mg), Zoloft (50mg) and Lamictal (250mg)

i saw a psychiatrist whose specialty is Pregnancy and Mood disorders and we worked out a safe medicine plan. So i worked with her and my regular Pdoc my entire pregnancy.

I have a 13 months old little girl who is absolutely PERFECT! PM me if you have any questions!

Have a wonderful pregnancy

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October 13th, 2008, 07:48 PM
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I was on meds during my pregnancy. Seroquel and Welbutrin. I took 100mg of seroquel everynight. My daughter was ABSOLUTELY fine. I even continued it after she was born and I was breastfeeding, I had to wait 2 hours after taking it to feed her, it would make her a little bit sleepy, but nothing too bad or out of the norm. Are you planning to breastfeed? That helps with PPD. Atleast it helped with mine.
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November 6th, 2008, 03:00 PM
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Hi, I am a mother of 4, birth mother to 3... I took no medications in my 1st two pregnancies, and I was a mess. With my last pregnancy, I took seroquel every night to help me sleep, I was monitored closely by my psychologist & she recommended it. My PCP also said it was fine & so did my OBGYN. I had my son, he was 9lbs., 14 oz., he was colic, he is on alimentum, I am not sure if this has/had anything to do w/ the seroquel, they did say that he could be "cranky-er" at first due to the medication but he was colic & that wasn't just cranky. I did experience PPD after I had him, something I didn't have w/ my other 2 pregnancies, again though, I have bi-polar & when you have bi-polar, your risks of getting PPD are more than 50% (which I never knew until AFTER I had my last son, thanks doc!). My son, he's healthy, happy, he's 11 months, gonna be a year in another month, nothing is wrong w/ him at all. When I look back at all of my pregnancies & how I "felt" in general as a person, I would have to say when I took the seroquel I felt the best. I am not going to lie, I was scared after I had him, I was scared of the side effects & the possibilities, but again, I was reassured that this was not a bad medication (like Xanax) and I trust my psychologist, OBGYN & PCP, they didn't even want me to take Motrin, so if they said no to Motrin, and yes to Seroquel, then to me, I felt good about it & looking back, it was helped me a lot & I wished I had taken that w/ my other 2 pregnancies.

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JustMe907 it's not allowing me to PM you. Do you think you can contact me please? Ty

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Thank you so much for your info.... I am 8 weeks and I have been taken seroquel for sleep for 4 years. My family doctor told me to stop as it would hurt my growing baby. I can't not sleep and now have become so emotional 😔 I stay awake all night. I have wanted to take it again just so I can get a good night sleep but my doctor had me so worried. After reading your story I am going to have a good night sleep and get a second option in the morning. How am I suppose to be healthy and eat right when I stay awake for 4 nights in a row 😔 thank you for putting my mind at rest 😊
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Don't sleep like a dog when you are in pregnancy period.
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i lurk in here from time to time...and saw this post. I have bi-polar and I remained on my Seroquel (250mg), Zoloft (50mg) and Lamictal (250mg)

i saw a psychiatrist whose specialty is Pregnancy and Mood disorders and we worked out a safe medicine plan. So i worked with her and my regular Pdoc my entire pregnancy.

I have a 13 months old little girl who is absolutely PERFECT! PM me if you have any questions!

Have a wonderful pregnancy

xoxo
jenn
Hi Jenn!
I know that I'm late to the conversation, but I just found out that I'm expecting my first little bundle of joy early next year! I also have bipolar and am on the same meds you are/were.


I'm definitely stressed out about balancing the health of my baby with my mental health during the next 9 months and any advice on the matter would be appreciated!!

-Daisy D.
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June 29th, 2016, 07:46 AM
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Hello!
All the data I can find suggests that there were no confirmed problems connected to quetiapine(effective substance): Quetiapine During Pregnancy - American Pregnancy Association It is recommended not to breastfeed, however, while on this medication.
Do not be confused with the mentioning of schysophrenia in leaflets. Many neuroleptics are used for dual purposes, like olanzapine, for example - https://rxed.eu/en/z/Zyprexa/ It is sometimes used as a treatment for bipolar disorder. But it doesn't seem to be very suitable to use this drug during pregnancy.
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August 24th, 2016, 05:26 AM
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Hi I know this post was a few years ago but I was on 100mg of quitiapine throughout my pregnancy and my daughter was perfectly healthy.
Quitiapine is the unbranded name of Seriquel or something along those lines according to my research.
My question is I'm on 300mg daily and we want to try for baby number 2, my psychiatric doctor is perfectly happy for me to be on this dose while trying for a baby. But will it effect my chances of pregnancy?
Many thanks Katie
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Hi, I was 3 times hospitalized, every time different medicines and diagnosis. Last time was this year and for 3months I am taking 200 of Quetiapine. Accidentialy I fell pregnant and found out in 5week decided to stop medication. My doctor ensured that there is no research that quetiapina can cause unborn baby but decition is mine. I didnt take my dose 5foowing days and I felt increasing stress that paranoia is back and probably this pill was helping I decided to back to them. Now I am 9weeks with my Baby and I feel terrible. 24hrs nursea plus toilet a few times by night. Today my hemoriod showed up probably from lying to much. I have no power almost at all most of the time. I cant even hover the carpet cause I feel exchausted after. Stomach and backache everyday and I already gain to much weight in my opinion. I look like 5month. Dizzy and often hard breathing. I dont know if all this mares are caused by pregnancy or medicine cause it was almost the same time happened. I was very happy found out I am pregnant but now I got thoughts I wish to never be. I know its temporary and after my Baby come out I will be loving them like never before. It will be my First. Thats also makes me scared. Today I found some page informing that medication should be stopped in third trimest and I cant breastfeeding. Seroquel, Seroquel XR (quetiapine) Drug Side Effects, Interactions, and Medication Information on eMedicineHealth. I am very confused started looking for more information. I was last two years without any psychologist help so I think I could quit the medicine for this period or maybe I become beter even after. I am waiting for next week doctors with all my questions but what I read here brought some relief. Good not be alone
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October 8th, 2016, 08:26 AM
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Thank you for your post. I am currently taking seroquel morning and evening and Zoloft. I want to get pregnant. I wanted to ask how you found it and whether you have had any more babies.


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i lurk in here from time to time...and saw this post. I have bi-polar and I remained on my Seroquel (250mg), Zoloft (50mg) and Lamictal (250mg)

i saw a psychiatrist whose specialty is Pregnancy and Mood disorders and we worked out a safe medicine plan. So i worked with her and my regular Pdoc my entire pregnancy.

I have a 13 months old little girl who is absolutely PERFECT! PM me if you have any questions!

Have a wonderful pregnancy

xoxo
jenn
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April 4th, 2017, 03:59 PM
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Hi Jenn!
I know that I'm late to the conversation, but I just found out that I'm expecting my first little bundle of joy early next year! I also have bipolar and am on the same meds you are/were.


I'm definitely stressed out about balancing the health of my baby with my mental health during the next 9 months and any advice on the matter would be appreciated!!

-Daisy D.
Hi Daisy! I'm having the same medication, not pregnant yet as I'm very scared of having an unhealthy baby. I was wondering what happened with you? How's your baby? Thanks! Teri
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April 5th, 2017, 04:49 AM
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I took it during my last pregnancy. All my children were fine before this one. I had problems all the way through the pregnancy and the labour. My son has galwas born with deformity on both feet and unusual features. He went on to have respiratory problems and allegies. He has severe development delays and other problems. I receive higher rate care for my son. I really believe this medication is the cause of some of these problems, if not all of them. There is no research so there is no way of knowing. This article has some useful information.Seroquel during Pregnancy & Breastfeeding (Quetiapine) - Drugsdb.com
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I took it during my last pregnancy. All my children were fine before this one. I had problems all the way through the pregnancy and the labour. My son has galwas born with deformity on both feet and unusual features. He went on to have respiratory problems and allegies. He has severe development delays and other problems. I receive higher rate care for my son. I really believe this medication is the cause of some of these problems, if not all of them. There is no research so there is no way of knowing. This article has some useful information.Seroquel during Pregnancy & Breastfeeding (Quetiapine) - Drugsdb.com
@abitdifferent-- I am SO sorry your son was born with all that while you took seroquel. I'm sure even if it's not related, you will always at least wonder. Thank you for posting so other mommas can make a more informed decision.
If you don't mind me asking, what dose were you on and were you taking any other meds?
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