Anti depressants.

Hi, I’m undiagnosed but what happened to me from my attack of transverse myelitus tipped me over the edge emotionally & mentally. I’m on citalopram 20mg a day and they have helped. How on earth am I going to get myself off them? I don’t want to be on them forever but I don’t trust myself that I will feel ok without them. If I fall pregnant which me and my partner hope I do, could I still take them then anyway. All the what ifs, I hate them.

Hi, personally i’m not a fan of them. i was on them for a while after a spine op and I took myself off them as i suspected they made matters worse, I was right, I felt better without them. They just made everything slow and foggy and i felt tired all the time. Seems that doctors hand them out like sweeties these days without bothering to try and get to the bottom of the problem. Talk to you GP about gradually lowering your dose and see how you go. Good luck x

Hi there You sound in a similar position to me. I had an attack of transverse myelitis and it happened while I was trying to get better from anxiety and depression. Anyway, it too tipped me right over the edge and I felt dreadful. I have been on escitalopram (newer version of citalopram) for nearly a year and a half and I couldn’t live without them. As it happens I’m 20 weeks pregnant and I’m still on my medication. After a meeting with a psychiatrist it was decided that the risks of me getting unwell again without them was just too high. So I’ll be taking my escitalopram right through my pregnancy but don’t know yet if I’ll be able to breastfeed. Obviously the doctors will say that they don’t want you on anything when your pregnant but needs must. Oh and my friend took her anti depressants right through her pregnancy and she even breastfed and she has a perfectly healthy little baby girl. I hope this has been at least a little helpful for you and feel free to PM me if you want any more info. All the best Lisa x

Hi I have been on citalopram 40mg for nearly 2 years. I was about to go to the doctors to discuss lowering my dose then I suffered two major relapse and a dx and we agreed it was not a good idea but after a couple of months they did take me off the other anti depressant I took as well so I have reduced them but still on the 40mg citalopram. I don’t think I will be on such a high dose forever but know I couldn’t handle a reduction just yet even though I am starting to feel more in control of my feelings. I was on them once before and came off them for over 2 years so I am still hopeful I will come off them but only when I know I am in the right place. I would rather be on them and be in control and return to the point I was before I started taking them again. Barney

Hi there - I’ve been on anti-depressants, on/off for the past few years and I did have a real dip last Autumn and have been on them every since but will try to ease off coming into the spring because, I have put on a shed load of weight since I went back on them (10mg Cipralex) Fat and happy or thin and sad…But they did pull me out of a hole, I am on copaxone and depression is cited as a possible side effect, I never had antidepressants previous to MS diagnosis…