Just wondering as to whether anybody knows the ins and outs of antidepressants and pregnancy. I am 41 years old - I've suffered with depression and anxiety for over 20 years on and off. It hasnt stopped me from working and socialising. The problem I have is when I decided to try for a baby late 2010 my GP told me I had to come off citalopram - I reduced over few months from 30mg to 10mg but ended up ill. I then increased medication as GP realised I wasnt well. In the meantime I actually fell pregnant, but miscarried after 6-7 weeks pregnant. I have been to a Womens Hosp (Maternity in Liverpool) and spoke to a peri-natal psychiatrist who informed me that I should have never have been taken off medication. I was told that I would be better off staying on them as need to be healthy to carry baby. I know there is no known answer as to whether baby would be ok and I know at my age there's worry of downs syndrome etc. The problem is after I miscarried about 3 months later I really went down hill and had to see a psychiatrist and was very very ill stopped eating, couldnt sleep the whole thing. It took me a good 4-5 months to get well again. I think the problem was the up and down on antidepressants and then hormones that tipped me over the edge. Now me and my boyfriend are ready to give it another go but GP has said that the only way I could have a baby is to come off antidepressants altogether - but I know I couldnt do that! Anybody got any answers for me ............ I dont know what else I can do - I feel I need another 2nd opinion. I'm willing to reduce but not coming off and going to low dose either.
Confused and fed up with GP - I know he has to cover himself but when I spoke to him a month ago there wasnt anything positive it was all negative