Posted by bleauberry on February 25, 2009, at 16:18:31
In reply to please someone help me with AD or AP?, posted by B2chica on February 25, 2009, at 8:33:14
Well, I do believe there are one or two ADs that are pregnancy friendly. I could be wrong. One would have to do some google searching on that topic.
I was trying to think of natural things you could do. I think even St Johns Wort is risky in pregnancy?
Bascially I think it would have to be something that works in harmony with biological function, and a dose size that doesn't dramatically throw things out of the norm.
So that brings me to three ideas.
The first top choice...SAMe. S-Adenosyl-methione. I would not be surprised if even one pill a day would help you. It is just a naturally occuring substance in our bodies. It is well researched for its effectiveness in depression. Doses are usually in the 400mg to 1600mg range, but even a modest 200mg (one pill) has some antidepressant power. It is not just an antidepressant, but healthy for liver, joints, detox, and actually multitudes of bodily functions.
The other two choices would include one or both of 5htp and DL-phenylalanine. But both of those don't have the greatest track record in the real world, occassional miracles, and they are sort of in the realm of drugs in that they change things from the norm quite a bit.
I believe SAMe would be, by a long shot, the one with the most potential, the most power, and also the most benign. It basically supplies molecular methyl groups to donate for thousands of bodily transactions, including making brain neurotransmitters, and making brain receptors more fluid and more receptive. It allows your own body to function at its maximum, without artificially changing things in a dramatic way.
On multiple occassions SAMe has lifted me from the depths usually beginning the second day. There is no long onset time like antidepressants.
Successful antidepressant treatment raises low SAMe levels up to normal. Kind of makes one wonder if all the talk of neurotransmitters is false theory or not, and that addressing things like SAMe levels is what is really happening?
Anyway, keep it natural and in sync with the body's own mechanisms, keep it low, and yet it needs to have impressive antidepressant power. SAMe was the only one I could think of that fits that description. It is basically a healthy supplement overall even without symptoms of anything.
It has two drawbacks. First, it can be a bit on the stimulating side when first starting, and second, it is in the neighborhood of $30 to $60 for a one month supply. On the good side, it is healthy for liver, joints, stomach lining, detox systems, immune system, brain receptors, and happens to be a pretty good and fast antidepressant.
I'm sure instructions probably say not to take it in pregnancy, but that is because if they don't know, they have to say that to protect their butts.