Last year, I had a new IUD put in. When asked about my intentions regarding childbearing, I expressed some concern about my antidepressant and potential unborn children.
“I wouldn’t worry,” said my then-doctor. “The discontinuation won’t hurt a newborn. It’s done all the time.”
Today, I get soundly scolded by my current general practitioner for choosing to wean myself off my antidepressant without consulting my psychiatrist first, despite the fact that after three weeks of repeated phone calls, I still can’t reach my pdoc.
So: either this drug is harmless enough that even an infant is in no danger from the abrupt cold-turkey discontinuation caused by birth, or it’s so dangerous that I, an informed and well-read adult with a strong background in chemistry and an affinity for medical journals, should not be allowed to control my own dose.
Go ahead. Explain to me how this is about sound medical reasoning and not about agency or physician convenience.