Re: Paxil and Pregnancy-Official warnings!
Oh my goodness! I am shocked to find out out this link to birth defects now. I can't help feeling I have had a very lucky escape.
When I had severe anxiety symptoms after my first baby was born in 2001 I went on Paxil (Aropax here) and withdrew without problems before getting pregnant again. Because of my previous problems, the psychiatrist wanted me to go back on it during pregnancy as 'a preventive', but I refused as I didn't want to take any extra unnecessary medication during pregnancy. She said it was safe to take during pregnancy. I believed her at the time (not now!) but preferred to take the cautious approach.
She also said that studies had shown it did not show up in breast milk. Because of my problems I only breastfed my first baby for about a week, but I breastfed my second baby for much longer, while on all sorts of meds for my problems (citalopram, thioridizine and midazolam). I haven't really noticed any significant health problems with my second child that might be related though, she seems pretty healthy, thank goodness (she is now four).
I am now so glad I did not take any anti-depressants during the pregnancy. What I am hearing now is so shocking...how could they have told everyone it was safe?!
Jul 01-Feb 02 Aropax
Feb-Dec 03 Citalopram
Jul 04 Aropax
Jan 07-Feb 08 20mg > 5mg Apr 4.5mg 5mg Jun 10mg Jul 20mg Oct Loxamine Dec 17.5mg 15mg
2009 Jan 12.5mg > Dec 6.3mg
2010 Aug 6.15mg Nov 6 mg
2011 Feb 5.9mg Apr 5.8mg May 5.7mg Jun 5.6mg Sep 5.5mg Nov 5.4mg Dec 5.3mg
2012 19 Feb 5.2mg 14 Oct 5.1mg 6 Dec 5mg
2013 25 Jan 4.9mg 4 Jul 4.8mg 29 Aug 4.7mg 8 Oct 4.6mg 24 Nov 4.5mg 15 Dec 4.4mg
2014 18 Jan 4.3mg 31 Mar 4.2mg 12 May 4.1mg 7 Jun 4.0mg 26 Jul 3.9mg 5 Sep 3.8mg