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Suggest an alternative for Prozac for depression during pregnancy

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Posted on Wed, 13 May 2015
Question: hi. my husband an i want to start trying for a baby. i have been on antidepressants for 8 years and i have been off prozac 20 mg for 5 weeks now. i am starting to have withdrawals and/or depression coming back but i dont feel comfortable going on medication while we are trying. is there anything else i can do to help my mood that isnt dangerous for the potential fetus? im in desperation.
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Answered by Dr. Manisha Jain (53 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
stop prozac

Detailed Answer:
Hello mam, thanks for trusting health care magic.
There is no human evidence which stated the safety of Prozac so all in all we don't prefer putting patients on Prozac while pregnant or when trying to get pregnant.
So better stop the drug and rather try simple measures like
- yoga and meditation
- some sport activities or a regular gym schedule
- can plan a vacation or at least frequent get together with friends.
Mild tranquilizers like chlordiazepoxide are also safe and thus can be started after consultation with your psychiatrist.
Wish you with a healthy baby soon which will itself treat all the problems.
All the best.
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Follow up: Dr. Manisha Jain (12 minutes later)
what is chlordiazepoxide? is there another brand name? and is there anything i can take to give me energy?
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Answered by Dr. Manisha Jain (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
it is a prescription drug.

Detailed Answer:
It is available as equilibrium brand but is a prescription drug so consult your psychiatrist for that.
For energy you can -
- have green leafy vegetables and loads of fruits daily
- drink good amount of water and milk daily.
- take almonds and walnuts are very good
- you can also take protein powder in milk twice a day.
- a daily brisk walk or a regular gym schedule is also good.
Try these simple measures and you will feel refreshed soon.
Take care
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Suggest an alternative for Prozac for depression during pregnancy

Brief Answer: stop prozac Detailed Answer: Hello mam, thanks for trusting health care magic. There is no human evidence which stated the safety of Prozac so all in all we don't prefer putting patients on Prozac while pregnant or when trying to get pregnant. So better stop the drug and rather try simple measures like - yoga and meditation - some sport activities or a regular gym schedule - can plan a vacation or at least frequent get together with friends. Mild tranquilizers like chlordiazepoxide are also safe and thus can be started after consultation with your psychiatrist. Wish you with a healthy baby soon which will itself treat all the problems. All the best.