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September 18th, 2013, 10:32 AM
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If so how did you go off of them? Did you work with your doctor or just stop taking them? What was/is your experience with life without meds?

For most of my life I have not taken medication. When I was younger I did but then when I started having kids I stopped taking them. I didn't work with my doctor I just quit taking them. Probably not the best way to do things but that's what I did. I've been taking medication for over a year now and I've thought about stopping them because sometimes I feel just fine but I know when I don't take my lithium my moods can get severe and out of control. There may be a point where I want to stop taking meds and if I do I imagine that I won't work with my doctor because doctors are never supportive of this. But, lithium has a lot of side effects. I have to get my blood levels checked regularly and sometimes I question whether it's good for my long term health. For now though, I don't want to mess with anything.
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September 19th, 2013, 01:38 AM
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For a long time I was taking a pretty good cocktail that works for me. I was on 6mg of Ativan a day, 40mg of Celexa a day and 100mg of Trazodone a day. But now that we're trying to have a baby I'm working with my doctor to cut off everything before we actively try. I'm currently on 0.25mg of Ativan a day, 10mg of Celexa and no longer taking Trazodone. Doc said I may be able to stay on the Celexa during my pregnancy if needed so we shall see!
Since I have a family history of seizures (my brother does) it's not recommended to suddenly stop SSRI meds. So we're gradually weening down under close doctor care.

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September 19th, 2013, 07:05 AM
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I just went off of mine. They made life even worse so I ave up and worked holistic. I do NOT recommend it if you have a doctor who will work with you, mine would not. I have bad days but they are getting fewer and farther in between and less severe.
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September 22nd, 2013, 02:45 PM
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I am currently in the process of getting off my medication. I've been on 60mg of Celexa for over 5 years and my doctor is very supportive of my decision and I am getting off it gradually. In a month I'll be down to taking only 20mg and will go in to see him again and then we'll slowly taper off even more until I'm down to none. I've been TTC for almost 3 months and really just want to be med free so I don't have to worry about it when we do conceive.

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December 12th, 2013, 06:27 AM
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Yeah, a year or two ago. I then had a major depressive episode that was so bad I couldn't function. When I ended up calling the crisis line, i knew I had to go back on my meds. I had gained 60 lbs from not exercising during that time too, now I'm still working on getting it off.
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December 23rd, 2013, 06:34 PM
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I didn't take meds until after I had my first child. I had needed it before but never sought help. There was a med that was causing side effects I didn't like and started going off it myself. I let my Pdoc know when I went in next so we could try something else.

When I got pregnant the second time I was advised to stop cold. I went back on one med at 11 weeks.

This time I worked with my Pdoc to go off meds to get pregnant. It took 2 months to go off Fluxoetine and 3 to go off Lamictal. It took 7 months to get a pregnancy that would "stick." I'm supposed to go back to check in now that I'm pregnant, but I'm feeling normal pregnant stuff so I haven't been back. I will go eventually though.
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July 7th, 2014, 06:39 PM
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I'm currently weaning off of Effexor XR after getting a BFP. Let me tell you, it's been awful the way my dr told me to do it. She told me to take it every other day and then after the 10th day, no more. It was not working at all. I read a lot of information and have weaned myself down slower over 30 days and will be off. My doc is just a general practitioner, but it's so important to wean slowly. If you can do it before TTC, please do! I don't have any self harming, or harming others. My issues are mainly anxiety related and sadness after my dad passed, so I feel comfortable going off them during pregnancy.

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August 1st, 2014, 06:32 PM
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I stopped taking my meds (60 mg/day Prozac) for postpartum depression. I also take Xanax for anxiety but I take that on an as needed basis and I haven't "had" to take a dose in a little while. I missed my doctor appt and have not had time to make a new appointment. I was on my last refill so the pharmacy will not refill until I see my doctor. Anyway, I've been off of the meds for about two weeks now and I am going crazy! Super irritable, moody and down right ******.

I'm going to have to make time to call my doctor and make that appointment. Going cold turkey was probably not a good idea for me to do.
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July 4th, 2015, 01:30 AM
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I don't support this idea. Stopping meds without doctor consultation can make your problem worse.
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