Hi. Been on Zoloft for 12 weeks but been on 150mg for 7 weeks. Things were going really well until I had my period. I was a bit anxious before it, then I was fine on my period, but 2 days after it finished, I sunk into depression. This is now my 4th day of feeling like this. Why don't they help when I need them the most? Sick of living like this every month. My doctor has prescribed loestrin but I'm scared to take it in case it makes things worse. Should I up my Zoloft dose? Please can someone give me advice? Thankyou
Hi, B17F! While Zoloft can sometimes be helpful with the symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder it primarily affects and regulates serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter, not the hormonal imbalances involving estrogen before/during/after a woman's cycle.
You and your doctor could easily increase your Zoloft dose as high as 200mg or so, but it makes a lot more sense to work on your estrogen level during the critical period. It could hardly make anything worse and will likely give you some much needed relief.
Best wishes, WCV
Thankyou wildcatvet. It does make sense to work on the hormonal side of things. I have got ocd as well and was on citalopram for 8 years, but this summer, a few days after my period, I started getting anxious and I just went through hell. That's why, just as things start getting better, my period comes along and bam! It all goes wrong. When I had my period in September, I got the anxiety and depression the week before, this last period the symptoms came the week after. I do get my PMS symptoms after my period sometimes. I'm a bit back to front like that. So, if you were me, would you try the loestrin? I've not been diagnosed with any hormone issue but it does make me think if something isn't right because of how it all started
Doctors prescribe estrogen ~ usually birth control pills ~ frequently for dysmenorrhea of all kinds without a lengthy and costly workup and Loestrin is safe to use with Zoloft.
From my experience, many years ago, it worked wonders for my anxiety, mood swings... and cramps!
Glad it worked for you. It's just stepping into the unknown which I don't like. You just think, what if it makes the anxiety and depression worse?, what if it doesn't help? I just want to go back to my happy peaceful life. I miss me when I am ill :-(
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