Paxil and pregnancy

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   Posted 3/17/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Im kaarma, I am 10 weeks pregnant and I was on paxil for 5 yrs. I stopped taking it as soon as I found out I was pregnant but Im so scare now because I don't know what to expect...I don't know if my baby is fine.....
Can someone give me advice..?

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   Posted 3/17/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Kaarma, first off its really good that you did stop taking it, however, it would have been best to wean yourself off, since you may experience withdrawels.

I just recieved an article from my Psychology professor today (Human Growth and Development) in reference to Paxil and pregnancy, its one of the dangerous SSRI's for pregnancy. Since you stopped early, things may be just fine. However, you really should talk to your doctor about prescribing a safer one. You don't want to end up in a depressive state while pregnant, that stress in itself can affect the baby, even while in the womb.

In September of 2006, the makers of the anti-depressant Paxil (GlaxoSmithKline) issued a warning to doctors about the use of Paxil in pregnant women; it poses the threat of congenital heart defects .
I would definatley talk with your doctor at this point about an alternative, and please try not to worry, you stopped using it as soon as you found out you were pregnant.
Hope that helps some

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   Posted 3/18/2008 4:00 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there Kaarma,

The best person to give you advice on this one would be a health professional. Links between birth defects / foetal abnormalities have not been extensively proven with Paxil / Paroxetine however, as Pressing has rightly pointed out, a recent study has prompted the addition of a warning label on the tablets warning about birth defects. The study found 4% had birth defects compared to the 3% national average. This is looking at people who continued to take the Paroxetine for the full 40 weeks though. Since you have stopped yours at 10 weeks, I would think the effects are less (if there are any at all).

Please see your doctor soon though. Since you have just dropped the Paroxetine, it is important to get a replacement sooner rather than later.


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   Posted 3/18/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your words of encouragment, they make me feel so much better. Im going to talk to my Dr. on the 28th...I hope they can help me out...I am so worry.
Thank you all soooooooooooo much

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   Posted 3/18/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
By the way Karma

Congrats on your pregnancy... that is so exciting!

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