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I have always had severe PMS symptoms. A couple of months ago my mom forced me to go to the doctor. Well, nurse practitioner.

She put me on zoloft, 50mg. The nurse suggested that I take a birth control pill because the effects of becoming pregnant while on zoloft were not great. So a week later, I started the BC.

For the first couple of weeks I had every side effect you can imagine. After all the went away I felt great. Better than ever actually. I did notice that at times it seemed like the meds wore off.

I went back to the nurse after a month for a check up and she raised me to 100mg. Well, things got really bad after that.

I went back shortly and she tried to put me back down to 50 mg AND add a low dose Paxil. This is when I decided to change doctors.

The new doctor had me just take the 50mg zoloft and stay on the same BC but gave me something to help me in emergencies. Some kind of antihistamine. That didn't work. I never got back to the way I felt on the 50mg zoloft and the emergency pill didn't do ****. So I went back.

They switched me to citalopram (celexa) and told me to come back in a couple of months. Well, things got REALLY bad and I ended up calling the doctor after having slept in my car during my lunch hour every week and she prescribed xanax to help with the persistent crying, anxiety and anger.

I went back after a couple of weeks and decided that I wanted to wean off the AD all together. I felt worse than I'd ever felt in my life and I told her I'd rather just go back to the way I was.

Weaned off the AD, still felt like crap. Clearly it wasn't the AD. I went back recently to have my BC switched. Which I have been taking now for two days. But, I still feel like ****. Granted it hasn't been long enough for the new BC to regulate yet but I guess what I'm wondering is, should I just start my AD again and forget all this BS with the birth control? The only reason I'm not sure about doing that is  because I known I have PMDD and have a need for the BC. But it is seriously making me way worse.

What would you do?

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I would get an IUD and then start working on the emotional symptoms.  This rapid-fire switching up of hormones and ADs seems like a very unscientific way to get you regulated.

Start by seeing another Dr.  It seems like the NP isn't really listening to you and is just stacking one thing on top of another.  I don't understand the need to raise the zoloft if the lower dose was working... and THEN add Paxil on top of it?  You'd be a walking zombie!

My doctor switched my birth control and it made me crazy...I never thought it could affect me that much, even knowing other people's stories, but it did. I was upset and angry and depressed. She took me off, I took a week off the pill altogether, and I just started my new pack - and I feel like a new me (or to the point, my old me and not the stranger crying over nothing).

Birth control can definitely do it to you. I'd wait for the new birth control to regulate and see what happens.  Everyone is different and not every anti depressant has the same affect, I know Celexa didn't work for me at all.

Original Post by stargazer1:

Start by seeing another Dr.  It seems like the NP isn't really listening to you and is just stacking one thing on top of another.  I don't understand the need to raise the zoloft if the lower dose was working... and THEN add Paxil on top of it?  You'd be a walking zombie!

I already left the NP. I really like the lady I'm seeing now.

Original Post by thehappyfish:

My doctor switched my birth control and it made me crazy...I never thought it could affect me that much, even knowing other people's stories, but it did. I was upset and angry and depressed. She took me off, I took a week off the pill altogether, and I just started my new pack - and I feel like a new me (or to the point, my old me and not the stranger crying over nothing).

Birth control can definitely do it to you. I'd wait for the new birth control to regulate and see what happens.  Everyone is different and not every anti depressant has the same affect, I know Celexa didn't work for me at all.

I'm not on an antidepressant anymore. Just taking xanax in extreme cases.

I had no idea either that birth control could make you insane. That's why I wonder if I should just stop taking it at all and go back to the AD that made me feel good. But then I'll always have that week before my period where I'm a complete mess.

BCPs can definitely make you feel/act insane.

Some days I feel sane, lately I have not felt sane. I'm blaming the solar flares.

In all seriousness, I <3 you. I really like sparky's idea since some of the IUD's don't contain hormones...

I'm here to text/chat whenever.

Original Post by aczinder:

Original Post by thehappyfish:

My doctor switched my birth control and it made me crazy...I never thought it could affect me that much, even knowing other people's stories, but it did. I was upset and angry and depressed. She took me off, I took a week off the pill altogether, and I just started my new pack - and I feel like a new me (or to the point, my old me and not the stranger crying over nothing).

Birth control can definitely do it to you. I'd wait for the new birth control to regulate and see what happens.  Everyone is different and not every anti depressant has the same affect, I know Celexa didn't work for me at all.

I'm not on an antidepressant anymore. Just taking xanax in extreme cases.

I had no idea either that birth control could make you insane. That's why I wonder if I should just stop taking it at all and go back to the AD that made me feel good. But then I'll always have that week before my period where I'm a complete mess.

what BC were you on?  You aren't taking a tri-cyclen are you?  From what my gyno told me... those have varying levels of hormones from week to week and they can make people really moody....  I know I couldn't take them.

I think I'm just going to stop taking the BC and start my AD again. Of course, I'll talk with my doctor first but this is getting to be ridiculous.

I'd rather have one week of the month spent completely insane than ALL the freaking time.

Original Post by stargazer1:

what BC were you on?  You aren't taking a tri-cyclen are you?  From what my gyno told me... those have varying levels of hormones from week to week and they can make people really moody....  I know I couldn't take them.

That's funny (funny strange, not funny ha-ha)  - I've tried a couple different birth controls and the only one that doesn't mess me up is tri-cyclen. It might be because that's what I've taken since I was 16, so my body is used to it...I don't know. All I know is everything else makes me bonkers.

Do talk to your doctor...could be that hormonal birth control just doesn't work for your body.

Original Post by thehappyfish:

That's funny (funny strange, not funny ha-ha)  - I've tried a couple different birth controls and the only one that doesn't mess me up is tri-cyclen. It might be because that's what I've taken since I was 16, so my body is used to it...I don't know. All I know is everything else makes me bonkers.

Do talk to your doctor...could be that hormonal birth control just doesn't work for your body.

I took the tri-cyclen as a teen to help with my acne... but once i got a little older, I would start going bat s*** crazy about a week before my period.  That's why when she said the week before her period I was like... O.o

Original Post by stargazer1:

Original Post by aczinder:

Original Post by thehappyfish:

My doctor switched my birth control and it made me crazy...I never thought it could affect me that much, even knowing other people's stories, but it did. I was upset and angry and depressed. She took me off, I took a week off the pill altogether, and I just started my new pack - and I feel like a new me (or to the point, my old me and not the stranger crying over nothing).

Birth control can definitely do it to you. I'd wait for the new birth control to regulate and see what happens.  Everyone is different and not every anti depressant has the same affect, I know Celexa didn't work for me at all.

I'm not on an antidepressant anymore. Just taking xanax in extreme cases.

I had no idea either that birth control could make you insane. That's why I wonder if I should just stop taking it at all and go back to the AD that made me feel good. But then I'll always have that week before my period where I'm a complete mess.

what BC were you on?  You aren't taking a tri-cyclen are you?  From what my gyno told me... those have varying levels of hormones from week to week and they can make people really moody....  I know I couldn't take them.

I was on Junel, I can't remember what this new one is called.

The only reason I went to the doc in the first place was to get on an antidepressant. Then she had me get on the BC and that's when things really got f****d.

Original Post by aczinder:

I was on Junel, I can't remember what this new one is called.

I just looked that up... (I guess I coulda looked earlier... duh)

If I had to guess.. it's your problem.  It looks like it's one of the pills that varies it's hormone amounts each week.  I think you need to go to something that has a steady state hormone.

*disclaimer- I'm in no way medically trained or do I even know my ass from a hole in the wall...  I'm just giving you info based on my own effed up experiences with BC

I love Junel!  I take it constantly -- I only get my period once every 3 months -- it's great and really helped my mood issues and other stuff (cramps, cystic boobs.. ugh!).

I would stop the BC and go back to Zoloft 50mg.  I would do that for 3months....  

It can take 6-8 weeks for drugs to really kick in and work, not to mention all the switching you've been doing.  I'm on celexa and LOVE it, but when I switched to Lexapro (it's better and almost IDENTICAL cousin) Ifelt like you did, and was falling asleep at work. 

Whatever you do... commit to it.  You're not going to feel  great right away.  Celexa made me vomit for almost 3 weeks, but my god if it's not the greatest thing ever for me.  And BC can also take months and months to really regulate anything.

It sucks because it takes lots of time to REALLY see how you feel.  I can't believe your NP!  Mine did the same thing and I'm planning to ditch her -- why fix what isn't broken?!

Best of luck, and keep us posted! This stuff is such a pain and you're suffering all the while. ((((acz))))

 

ETA: the junel I'm on is steady levels... there are different kinds.  and it's a SUPER low dose.  It helped a lot with my PMDD actually. 

Original Post by thesuperbex:

I love Junel!  I take it constantly -- I only get my period once every 3 months -- it's great and really helped my mood issues and other stuff (cramps, cystic boobs.. ugh!).

 

ETA: the junel I'm on is steady levels... there are different kinds.  and it's a SUPER low dose.  It helped a lot with my PMDD actually. 

That's what I do with sprintec... i just skip the placebo weeks.  It's helped me sooo much.

WebMD made it look like it had different levels but there were like 50 freakin' kinds of it.

I hate being a girl...  I don't wanna have a period.

Some of the research I've done said that an AD can help with PMDD symptoms so I wonder if I would have just continued with the zoloft that made me feel good and never added the BC in the first place, if the zoloft would have taken care of the PMDD? Ugh, it's just so complicated and I feel so awful in the mean time it makes you feel desperate.

Original Post by aczinder:

The only reason I went to the doc in the first place was to get on an antidepressant. Then she had me get on the BC and that's when things really got f****d.

If you are sure it's the BC, I would come off them...I can't go on a BC so have to find alternatives to calm down my PMS, Evening Primrose, and B12 work well enough for me to be approachable :D

Original Post by stargazer1:

Original Post by thesuperbex:

I love Junel!  I take it constantly -- I only get my period once every 3 months -- it's great and really helped my mood issues and other stuff (cramps, cystic boobs.. ugh!).

 

ETA: the junel I'm on is steady levels... there are different kinds.  and it's a SUPER low dose.  It helped a lot with my PMDD actually. 

That's what I do with sprintec... i just skip the placebo weeks.  It's helped me sooo much.

WebMD made it look like it had different levels but there were like 50 freakin' kinds of it.

I hate being a girl...  I don't wanna have a period.

Maybe that's something to discuss too?  Maybe you're a candidate for that kind of pill? 

 

and seriously.. being a girl is rough. ;D

 

Or we could just go the easy route and just tell you that you're crazy...Wink

((((ACZ)))))

Original Post by aczinder:

Some of the research I've done said that an AD can help with PMDD symptoms so I wonder if I would have just continued with the zoloft that made me feel good and never added the BC in the first place, if the zoloft would have taken care of the PMDD? Ugh, it's just so complicated and I feel so awful in the mean time it makes you feel desperate.

Sounds like the NP was covering her ass because if you got pregnant on the zoloft your baby might have had birth defects.  The BC COULD help regulate your hormone levels though.

Just whatever you do, stick with it.  I would really go back to what first made you feel okay.  After my lexapro debacle even the old drug (celexa) didn't seem to "work as well" but after 3 weeks I was back to normal. 

I was on prozac for my PMDD when I was younger but only 2 weeks a month.  Wanna talk about psycho, that was a BAD time.  Stupid dr.  *eye roll* 

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