Before getting pregnant I was on celexa and trazedone and went off of those cold turkey.....
It wasn't necessary to quit the Celexa, and, depending on the dose, probably not the trazodone either, plus quitting any psych drug cold-turkey is very unwise. Please do not do this ever again!
With the exception of Paxil (paroxetine) it is unclear that SSRIs significantly increase the odds of birth defects or complications. Studies have reported higher incidents of defects, but there doesn't seem to be a common pattern to them which may indicate the studies aren't showing a real issue, but just reporting statistical noise. The problem is that the number of patients in each study tends to be low, the defects tend to be mostly the rare ones and the increased incidences they report are often small.
Has anyone been on Zoloft? I'm experiencing nausea, loss of appetite, and increased anxiety at times
Unfortunately, these side-effects are fairly typical of SSRIs. You may not have experience them when you began taking Celexa, but you may well have this time too if you'd begun taking it instead of Zoloft. For reasons that aren't clear, the initial side-effects tend to become more severe each time antidepressants are stopped and restarted.This is the case both when taking the same antidepressant as before, or a different one. A higher dose may also be required the achieve previous results.
please tell me this passes
Yes, it will, though it may return for a while if the dose is increased. There is no way of predicting how long these side-effects will continue. Unfortunately it may be a few days, or several weeks.
my family is divided about me agreeing to take the Zoloft in the first place
They need to know that uncontrolled maternal anxiety and/or depression can harm the baby too, both immediately and in the longer term. Babies born to anxious or depressed mothers tend to have lower birth weights (PDF
), be born prematurely
and have impaired neuronal development (PDF
). As children and adults they are more prone to asthma
and to have learning difficulties
. They are also much more likely to develop anxiety disorders and/or depression later in life. Unfortunately, antidepressants and pregnancy is an issue where there are no clearcut 'right' answers.