... seeked help in late september 2013 when my mom actually saw something about PMDD. It was a relief to know i wasn't going crazy or hadn't become bipolar. The first medicine, Lexapro worked on my symptoms and had me feeling more like my true self leading up to my cycle, but the side effects were too difficult to carry on with it. I had absolutely NO sex drive and no sexual sensitivity during. I also felt like i had NO control of my eating. I am a very healthy eater and all I wanted was junk food. The cravings were overwhelming. Between the PMDD symptoms going untreated for so many months and what I believe to be Lexapro side effects (for me), I have put on 25 pounds and started bad eating habits. My doctor has me on Wellbutrin300mg now and this pre cycle has been heartbreaking. All my pmdd symptoms have returned. I have been irritable, emotional, moody, anxious, and have had a hard time making it through the days again. I try to be strong for my children (they are young), but it is so hard. I feel like I am losing myself like I was before Lexapro. I have a follow up appointment with him tomorrow. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions or knowledge for me going forth. Please do not suggest going back on Lexapro. I am a very sexual person and have always been playful with my husband because of that. I enjoy making love to him and the intimacy it brings. He wanted me to stay on Lexapro, since it was helping my head, but it was still taking away a part of my happiness and my sexual connection with my husband.
I am a 34 year old mother of three. I have been battling with PMDD for about 9 months now. I finally
- 8 Jan 2014 by kjac
- 14 Jan 2014
- lexapro, bipolar disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, medicine
Added 8 Jan 2014:
I forgot to mention, I am incredibly sensitive to medications. They always seem to have more extreme side effects. I tried birth control when I was 19, but that left me feeling depressed. Over the years I have tried different forms of birth control, but my body does not agree with them. They have ALL left me feeling down and depressed. Currently I have the cooper IUD in. I also take zertec for allergies and a multivitamin.
Kjac, I too struggled with a severe PMS (PMDD as it was later "diagnosed") throughout most of my life, however after having my two children, it became completely out of control behavior- rage, mood swings from hell, obsessive thoughts that wouldn't let up), etc. I tried Lexapro, like yourself, for about a year and although it helped with my anxiety, it did nothing for my PMS. Like you, I also lost my sex drive completely, which only increased my marital problems- not only was I a rageful crazy woman monthly, but I had zero interest in sex. Long story short, after my husband pleaded for me to get some help, I met with a women's hormone clinic, as well as my OB/GYN and was given two viable options- birth control or Prozac. As I've never taken birth control in my life, I opted to try Prozac. I'm extremely sensitive to medication, especially in that I can tell within a few days if something is going to work. I never have to wait weeks. I started with 10mg for the 14 days leading up to my period and that went well, so I eventually (over the last 4 months) increased it to the prescribed dose of 20mg a day. I take 20mg for the 14 days leading up to my period, as well as for the duration of my period, then do 20mg every other day. Initially my sex drive disappeared entirely- it was awful. But I will say that this last month it has started to come back and although it's not where it once was, it's still 10 times better than it was on the Lexapro. I'm not exaggerating when I say that Prozac has turned things around- for the better. No more rageful evenings, crazy ranting or obsessive thinking. My mood is reliable and consistent and I still feel like "me". Yes, the initial exhaustion from starting the med was difficult to get through, but eventually that went away also and my energy level is finally getting back to what it was (thank God- with two little ones, I need it! ;) I would not normally recommend medications first, as I think it's best to try healthier alternatives, BUT I will also say that once you've exhausted those options, with no relief, Prozac may be the best thing you do for yourself. I wish I had done this when my daughter was first born- many wasted days in such chaotic emotional distress- my poor kids & hubby. But thankfully, those days are behind me and I'm just SO incredibly grateful that this med has given me the "redo" I needed. I'm much calmer, so much more "present" for my kids and my relationship with my husband is no longer dominated by my moodiness. Best of luck to you, whatever you decide!
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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