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March 30th, 2011, 10:59 AM
KiwiMommy's Avatar Ashlynn's Mama
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I finally contacted my medication prescriber and decided it's time I go back on meds.
I have depression, OCD, and anxiety that have been really bothering me to the point that I have weeks where I'm up until 5 or 6 am every night, then a week or two where I'm falling asleep on the couch by 9:30pm! I also can't go anywhere near certain things, like in large 2 story malls, I can't go near the edge because of images of falling off, throwing myself off, my daughter falling off the edge.. It's horrible and horrifying.

Long story short, after almost 2 years medication free, I'm going back on them for my sake and my daughters.
I had no luck with seroquel, so that's not an option.
I had minimal side effects with Prozac, but I can't really remember if it worked well..

I'm still breastfeeding my 14 month old 3-4 times a day, so I need something breastfeeding safe and with minimal side effects.

This may sound bad, but appetite loss as a side effect wouldn't bother me. I've been eating far too much and could use something like that to cut down on how much I eat.

So..
my questions..
Anyone on medication for OCD, depression, or anxiety and still breastfeeding?
What is it?
What, if any, side effects did you have?
How long did it take for your medication to begin to noticeably work?

Thanks in advance!
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March 30th, 2011, 01:42 PM
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I didn't breastfeed at all. I decided that from the moment we got pregnant that I wouldn't. It just seemed not a good idea to me. Of course, I'm on Lamictal. My step-sister breastfed on Prozac, I believe. I'm not sure if she just didn't take her meds right or if her hormones caused fluctuations but she seemed really... unstable. I know she didn't take her meds right through her pregnancy. She'd take them for a few weeks then quit then pick them up, then quit... did that through her whole pregnancy. After her daughter was born, she claimed to have gone back on permanently. She also stopped breastfeeding at about 7-months. I don't think any drugs are breastfeeding-safe... or at least they won't tell you they are. Too much room for lawsuits. They all have risks you have to weigh. But in the case of SSRIs, you mostly just have to look out for withdrawl symptoms once you do stop breastfeeding... it's less likely the lower dose you're on, though.

Now, forgive my thoughts because, as I said I didn't breastfeed.. but doesn't "appetite loss" kind of defeat the purpose of breastfeeding since the whole point is to provide nutrition? I would think that eating less would provide less nutrients to the body and, by default, to your child. From what I understand, breastfeeding is a pretty calorie-burning activity so it would only be normal that one would eat more while doing it. Of course, I don't know how that works at all with extended breastfeeding. But as I said, I didn't breastfeed so I don't know everything that breastfeeders do.
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March 30th, 2011, 01:53 PM
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i was on zoloft while bf, and it made me so much worse i went offfinally when nev was 15 mo
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March 30th, 2011, 04:29 PM
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I didn't mean massive appetite loss..but I can easily put away 2500 calories a day and I should only have 1,800-2,000 a day, so I wouldn't be upset if I wasn't up to eating everything in sight. I've had trouble losing any weight whatsoever since my daughter was born 14 months ago because of my neverending appetite.
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April 10th, 2011, 01:09 AM
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Ah. Ok. Well, that certainly clears things up for me. Thanks for the explanation.
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April 23rd, 2011, 02:38 AM
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I took wellbutrin while I was breastfeeding. My ob/gyn and psychiatrist both said it was safe while bf'ing
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