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Re: Effexor XR and Pregnancy

Posted by Ang on October 3, 2000, at 10:49:54

In reply to Re: Effexor XR and Pregnancy, posted by Racer on October 2, 2000, at 19:01:10

My pharmisist told me that they have done studies in Rats, at triple the highest dose that are given to adults. The outcome with this high of a dose was the rats had stillborns. > Not exactly, but close: we'd like to have children, and would need to start quickly since I'm aging and have a history of first trimester miscarriages.
> I have been on Effexor XR for about a year and a half, and hope to start tapering off in about eight months, if all goes well. As for the pregnancy issue, that's where you have to balance out what you know and what you don't know. I haven't seen any research saying that Effexor is or is not tetragenic, nor anything to say that it damages fetal development. Personally, I'm just hoping that someone decides to test all this, in animals at least, if not in humans.
> This is one of those, 'if it's not likely to happen to middle aged white men, why spend money to research it' things. I don't think pharmacuetical companies mean to neglect us, I think they just forget that we exist.
> The only thing I have to say that might have some basis in fact is that I've read studies saying that drugs which work should be continued for at least two years at therapeutic doses before discontinuance, otherwise they tend to produce rebound depression and will be less effective in subsequent usage. Since depression tends to recur, I'd stay on for at least two years, just in hopes that the same drug would still be effective next time I needed it.
> Good luck, though, and have a nice baby!




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