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Possible weaning more...help...suggestions?

How did you know you were ready to wean off your meds?
I have weaned down one of my meds from 600mgs to 50mgs and I'm doing great, but my benzo, for anxiety and sleep is what worries me.
Success stories please? Specifically to benzo weaning. Example, drugs like Ativan, Xanax and my med...Klonopin. I am only on 2mgs once a day, at bedtime.
My psychiatrist and therapist tells me I am on a low dose and suggests weaning this summer when I'm off work. I'm a school teacher. I don't have nor have ever had any addiction problems. I just want to be med free, I want to TTC in a year and a half. However, don't want to relapse. Thoughts....suggestions?

I sill see my therapist once a month with cognitive behavioral therapy and I follow all dr and pharmacist instructions to the T.
PPD/PPA Mom...it has been super hard, but I'm making it! Slow steps...
Mom to Carter (6), and Calianne (1).  
Proud VBAC, natural birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering momma!


Re: Possible weaning more...help...suggestions?

  • Just wanted to add...sometimes I just feel so broken that I am on meds and that I may never be able to have and nurse another baby. Man...today is just one of those days. I am soooooooo fearful of med addiction and pregnancy/nursing while on meds.
    PPD/PPA Mom...it has been super hard, but I'm making it! Slow steps...
    Mom to Carter (6), and Calianne (1).  
    Proud VBAC, natural birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering momma!


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    Just wanted to add...sometimes I just feel so broken that I am on meds and that I may never be able to have and nurse another baby. Man...today is just one of those days. I am soooooooo fearful of med addiction and pregnancy/nursing while on meds.

    Why would this be true?

    I am nursing my baby and taking Effexor XR. My pychiatrist is a maternal mental health specialist and all the available data say this is safe for me and my baby.

    I'm not sure about your current meds being safe for PG/BFing, but there are tons of meds these days that are. You just have to find the right doctor to work with.

    I am just scared to death of taking meds while preggo or breastfeeding.  It just scares me when it says not enough studies have been done to really determine the affects on the baby.  My pychiatrist already told me that while he doesn't recommend being on meds while pregnant, he did say that I can stay on my current meds and be pregnant.  He has patients that are and have healthy babies.  I just don't like the risks.  However, once I mentioned how important nursing was to him...he didn't seem to like that idea of nursing while on some of these meds.  Nursing is VERY important to me.  I nursed my DS for 9 months and only stopped b/c doctors were telling me I had to.  I mean nothing against formula feeding, I just don't want to formula feed my child.  I had to do it for 3 months for my DS and hated it!  I want to nurse my next one for 2 years. 

    I am just scared of possibly hurting my baby, scared I won't be able to nurse and scared I am going to go through this mess again.

    I am glad everything is going well for you...it does give me hope.  Thanks for responding...

    PPD/PPA Mom...it has been super hard, but I'm making it! Slow steps...
    Mom to Carter (6), and Calianne (1).  
    Proud VBAC, natural birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering momma!


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