Medication

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Registered: 01-07-2005
Medication
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Tue, 01-11-2011 - 9:44am
One piece of advice I have heard a lot is that if you are taking a medication for depression or some other mental illness, and it is not good for nursing, try another one. However, one thing to bear in mind is that sometimes only one kind will work for you. I have to take Pristiq. Luckily it is semi-breastfeeding safe. I would be a little loathed to take it at high doses with a newborn, but for an older nursling, no problem. Nothing else works. I cannot go onto say Effexor or any other as they make me sick or too tired to carry on. Pristiq works for me. This is after years of searching for a medication that did not leave me doopy and drooling. I use to say that other medications worked for anxiety because I was too busy sleeping to give a damn. If you are on a medication that works, often stick with it. If it is not breastfeeding safe, you might well have to decide what is possible. A low dose that might be alright, risk stopping for a few months until it is safer again, or formula that carries with it its own risk. Maybe continuing to nurse is still better then the risk of formula while taking an L3 or L4. However, constantly switching medication can carry its own risks and after spending years trying to find what works for me, at this point it is weaning myself if I had to nurse for a few months until the baby is older and resume medication or working out the risks and debating what is best for myself and my baby. Just be careful recommending switching medications and always speak to your doctor first! ;)






Lilypie




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Registered: 08-27-2007
In reply to: spud_77
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 10:26am

Intresting. I dont disagree.

However, how conducive to pregnancy are those medications if you cant take them while nursing?

I would be very concerned about getting pregnant on a medication that cant be used while nursing. So finding a new medication may not be advice given strictly for breastfeeding, but for both the pregnancy and the nursing aspect.

I dunno.

              *Praying for my best friend, my Dad*


 &n

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Registered: 01-07-2005
In reply to: spud_77
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 11:28am
This is true and one that I would need to think about if I was thinking pregnancy. It is true that I would need to stop my medication to become pregnant. I was heavily warned. However, all this needs to be decided between you and your doctor. How one handles all this is important when deciding to become pregnant and breastfeed. However, simply changing medications is not always an option and should not be taken lightly.






Lilypie