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AdinRob
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   Posted 6/10/2010 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not new to the forum, just new to posting, having been a lurker for roughly 5 months. Here's my situ, any advice/direction/info and even smart a%$ comment is welcome...
 
I was diagnosed as a teenager with severe depression, which was changed last year to BP. I am now on Celexa, lithium (900mg/day), and thorazine as needed to control the BP, and also synthroid for hypothyroid, flonase for allergies, and percocet and flexaril for chronic back pain. I recently found out I am pregnant, roughly 2 months. I went to see my OBGYN yesterday and he basically freaked out about the meds I take. He took me off the percocet, not a biggie since I see my pain mgmt dr tommorow, and also the lithium, which is basically my lifeline to sanity, effective immediately. Not only have I been a royal beeotch today, but I feel like I am going to jump out of my skin and maim someone. I am going to try to get in to see my dr tommorow morning to get on something else for the mood stabilizer, but all the research I've done has hit dead ends on what I can take. Has anyone gone through a successful pregnancy on one of these drugs? As in no major issues or birth defects. Are there any meds out there that are safe for me to take, or safer than the ones I'm finding? I live in backwoods mississippi, so my shrink is my family dr, and I don't expect him to be really savvy on the ins and outs of BP meds, so any suggestions I can take him would be helpful.
 
Thanks in Advance!

horse crazy
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   Posted 6/10/2010 11:05 PM (GMT -7)   
My doc took me off everything for my first trimester of pregancy...reintroduced depressant )low dose) and klonopin to rake off the edge. Having been used to the doc automatically adjusting meds, I found I had to tolerate or just ride the roller coaster when my moods shifted. However, Mentally I was much more stable when pregnant....only to be hit by mega depression after my son was born. I chose not to breast feed so I could go bacj in all my meds as soon as possible. I recently cut my lithium from 900mg to 600 mg, because I kept going toxic on the lithium 9NO FUN0, but that drop has caused a lot of anxiety and tension which I am hoping will level out as my body adjusts to less lithium. Hoprfully,your will adjust to and you will find the same surprise as U dud that pregnancy for the most part held the BP crap at bay. I found I needed to rest more and used some relaxation stuff to calm myself own when neded. Discuss all of this with your doc. Keep in touch
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tortoise11
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   Posted 6/11/2010 4:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm really not sure what they can do for you for a mood stabilizer during pregnancy. From what I understand, unless you are a danger to your baby, they are unlikely to have you on anything.

Please keep us posted - if you've been reading around here, you'll know that I am personally interested in BP + meds + pregnancy.

There are a lot of ideas for self-care on my "stupid experiement" thread. Maybe try a few to help you get through?
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AdinRob
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   Posted 6/11/2010 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for the advice. The article really has some good suggestions in it. I remember my first pregnancy with my 5 yo son, and the screaming rages and sobbing, and I don't think I or my husband can handle that again. It wouldn't be so bad if there weren't so much going on right now to stress me out - pregnancy, son out of school for summer and in my face 24/7 wanting to be entertained, we're staying with my inlaws right now due to a major water leak in our house, etc etc. My inlaws are not as tolerent of my mood swings as my husband and son so that's another worry. I can feel myself slipping - you know what I mean. To think that I have another 7 months of this is like staring into hell for me.

Post Edited (AdinRob) : 6/11/2010 8:34:51 AM (GMT-6)


tortoise11
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   Posted 6/11/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you're doing a great job identifying problems/potential problems.

Sounds like your little man is a #1 stressor right now. I feel strongly that it is not my job to entertain my son (he is 3). If he tells me he is bored, I'll put him to work for 2 - 4 hours with chores.

Pick up some good parenting books and put your foot down. Your family is changing, and the rules change too! Get him used to it NOW - it would be twice as much trouble to wait until #2 is born!!

Put your foot down with your inlaws. You aren't moody to torture them. It is for your baby's health!! It is a temporary living situation, correct? If they are unhappy - that is their problem. Don't feel guilty and don't let it affect you!

Take action while you can! It's much harder to stay healthy when the mood cycling is already fierce.

Good luck!
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horse crazy
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   Posted 6/12/2010 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow...this  is  rough.  Of course you want a healthy baby, but you don't want to totally go nuts in the process.  Feeling like you are jumping out of your skin has always been a side effect for me when there is an abrupt med change, but it is short lived.  Try soaking in a hot bath, or get out of the house and go to a mall or something (if you have malls in the backwoods) and get yourself moving to walk off some of the jitters.  And just keep telling yourself it will soon pass.  I was pregnant about a million years ago (actually 24 and 35 years ago, and I was bipolar at the time, but not much in the way of meds back then.  However, my bipolar symptoms most definitely lessened during both pregnnancies and I wasn't any moodier than most pregnant women get.  In other words, I made it thru it on no meds and survived.  It's really important you keep rested and stress free as possible.  Myabe the doc will be able to prescribe one of the tranquilizing drugs like Xanax to help you thru rough spots, but do your homework as to the safety ofit.  Generally for sure Docs don't want youon anything much during the first trimester....after that some are willing to add some drugs back in.  If you stay on psych neds do not plan on breastfeeding. 
Horse Crazy
Bi-polarII; rapid cycler; Lithium 600
Requip XL 8mg; Lamictal 200 mg; seraquel 450mg, klonopin 4mg
 


AdinRob
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   Posted 6/13/2010 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, the appt with the Pain Mgmt doc friday went very well, but it seems that he and my OB are going to go head to head, as he feels that the benefits of the pain meds outweigh the risks. Without them I really can't get around well. I have the feeling that when I see my psych med dr on tuesday, he is going to say the same thing. After a lot of research, it seems that the drug Haldol is the safest thing I can take to control the swings in the first trimester. I've never met anyone who has taken this med, so does anyone have real-world experience with it? I know every person is different in how they react to meds, but I would feel better knowing that it doesn't make you go out in la-la land.

Again, thanks to everyone for the great advice. I think I feel a group hug coming on.....nah, just gas :o)

AdinRob
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   Posted 6/14/2010 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm having flashbacks to my tree-hugging hippie college days....a little bit of the wacky tobaccy and the clouds used to become fantastic things :)
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