Update: Officially Back to Klonopin

Despite everyone’s best efforts, the Ativan experiment failed. It worked fine during the holidays, but when the stress of this month hit (insomnia while completely obsessing over possible pregnancy and TTC), the drug failed me. Since I was already on a pretty high dose (2mg, three times a day = 6mg total every day), there just wasn’t much room to tweak it. I’m transitioning back to Klonopin.

I’ve come to terms with it. I’m on the same meds and the same dosage that I was on when we started this whole journey. But I tried everything I could safely try. No one has ever tried harder, as my oh-so-patient husband will testify. So, I did what it took for me to know that these meds at these doses are necessary to keep me healthy and (more or less) happy.

I met with my regular psychiatrist last week to put a plan in place for the “cross taper.” I’ll meet with Dr. P, perinatal mental health expert, on Friday to talk it all over with her.

Speaking of, well, this, I am sharing my story on another website! The Feminist Breeder has published an article I wrote called Preparing for a Medicated Pregnancy: Psychiatric Medication and My Preconception Journey on her brand new Resource Guide. Go! Read! Leave a comment! Debates get wonderfully lively over there!

And, to anyone who is visiting from over there, you can read more about me, my family and our journey in these posts:

My thoughts about childcare, in case you ever wanted to know what a babysitter/nanny/childcare provider thinks:

 

7 Comments

  1. Lulita said:

    hello Anne Marie, I want to know what was the dose of Klonopin you took during your pregnancy. I am from South America, do not speak English, so I apologize for the mistakes that may have.

    January 30, 2013
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    • Anne-Marie said:

      Hi Lulita,
      I take four milligrams (4mg) of Klonopin, but I take it spread out over the course of a day. 1 mg in the morning, 1 at lunch, 1 with dinner and 1 before bed. Does that make sense?

      January 31, 2013
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      • Lulita said:

        I understand, I am currently taking 0.5 mg (of Clonazepam) per day only with breakfast, and I am in a situation very similar to what you have lived: I want to have a baby despite having been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. The other medication I take is Sertraline, 25 mg daily. What do you think about it? What you share on your blog gives me encouragement to believe that everything will be fine, as my husband always says. Hugs for you.

        January 31, 2013
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          • Lulita said:

            Thank you Anne-Marie! You have no idea of how happy made me to read the information from that research. Hopefully things are becoming clearer for both physicians and women who need their help.

            February 13, 2013
  2. Robyn said:

    I really could use your help with a klonopin pregnancy question please contact me!

    February 9, 2019
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