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Anxiety Treatment and pregnancy?

I am hoping to expand my family, I have one child and would love to have a couple more. The problem is that I have been taking Paxil Cr and Klonopin to treat my Anxiety (I’m not talking stress, I have a diagnosed Anxiety Disorder) Is there any one out there who has taken any kind of Anxiety Medication during pregnancy or know of Anxiety Medication that is considered safe during pregnancy. I went off the paxil and klonopin when I was pregnant with my son and it was unable to function. I have a 3 year old at this point and I have to be stable for him so not treating my anxiety really isn’t an option. I see a therapist, but I only fully feel good when I am on anti-anxiety medication. Thanks in advance for any responses :)

This is such an awful situation to be in, and I 100% understand how you feel. People will be extremely rude about inquiries such as this, and try to tell you that you “just have to deal with it,” when they have NO IDEA just how Bad Anxiety can be. It’s not like when you bite your nails during a scary movie, or your heart beats a little faster because you’re nervous about a meeting or something. Anxiety can completely cripple your life and no one who has not experienced a Panic Attack bad enough to land you in the ER has no place to judge anyone on seeking treatment for such a disorder.

I am 27 weeks pregnant with my first, and have been suffering from Panic Disorder, agoraphobia, generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Social Anxiety for three years. I have been to the ER twice in my life, once during my pregnancy, because I had Panic Attacks so bad that the ER attendants thought I was experiencing a heart attack. I had a heartrate above 160bpm (normal is only 70-90bpm), chest pain, hyperventilation, tremors, double vision, and thought I was dying. The first trip to the ER, they finally came to the conclusion of Panic Attack after 3 hours of testing and monitoring, and referred me to a Psychiatrist. I was put on 20mg of Prozac and 0.5mg Klonopin as needed during an attack. It took about 4 months to get my condition under control with the meds, but I was finally okay as long as I took my medication.

When my husband and I started trying to conceive, no one told me I had to stop the Prozac, but they did tell me I had to stop taking Klonopin. I decided to stop taking the Prozac as well, because online articles specified issues with PPHN and NICU stays in infants born to a mother on the medication. Come to find out, deciding to stop my medication without medical advice was a terrible idea. I did really well up until 12 weeks pregnant, and then began having slight Panic Attacks again. All of a sudden at 14 weeks I had that “I’m dying” kind of attack again and had to go to the ER. They put me back on the Prozac, but I’m down to 15mg a day, and my doctor stressed to me that the risks involved with Prozac during pregnancy are so minimal that they’re not anything to worry about. Infants have a possibility of being born with PPHN whether or not you take medication, and the medication ups the chance by 6 times, but that’s still less than 1%! While the effects of stress and Extreme Anxiety on a fetus have MUCH more harmful side affects. Each case of Anxiety Is different because it depends upon the severity of your specific case.

They also gave me a prescription for the Klonopin when I was in the ER and I was very hesitant to take it. I called my doctor on an emergency line over the weekend because I was having a “I’m dying” attack again, and she told me to take the Klonopin right away. I only had to use the Klonopin for one week until I stopped having really bad attacks. I still had them for a while, but I was able to work through them without the Klonopin. It took about 6 weeks for the Prozac to kick back in, but now that it has I no longer have attacks.

I wish I had known to take more time on this subject with my doctor before jumping into TTC. I didn’t realize how much it was going to affect my pregnancy, but I’m glad we were able to get it all figured out and I’m back to being myself again. Discuss your worries with your doctor, sign releases so your psych and obgyn can communicate openly when needed, and stress the severity of your Symptoms so they understand you’re not talking about the nail-biting kind of anxiety. I wish you luck, and it CAN be done!

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