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Re: any women out there taking Antidep. and B.C pills

Posted by Terry on April 4, 1999, at 20:17:47

In reply to Re: any women out there taking Antidep. and B.C pills, posted by Jan on April 4, 1999, at 11:46:21

> > hi just wanted to know if any of you take Birth Control pills and Antidepressents. I will be starting on sunday taking B.c. and want to know if it would have any effect on my antidepressents. I have read on some boards that B.C. pills can make depression worse. I will be on a low dose of B.C. Any suggestions or comments please reply or e-mail, Thanks Ann
> I just started taking B.C. pills on March 3rd after several failed anti-dep meds. How long did it take for the hormones to make you feel better? I really thought the B.C. pill was the answer to my depression. I know it's only been 1 month. I'm scared and running out of options.

I'm not sure BC pills in and of themselves will alleviate depression. I'm taking an AD with BC pills. My psychiatrist recommended BC pills because of the estrogen they contain, which supposedly helps with cognitive function, memory, etc. (If I were menopausal, I could take estrogen replacement therapy, but I'm too young for that yet, so I'm on BC pills, which also contain estrogen.)I have problems with cognitive function (losing things, forgetting things, etc), either because of my diagnosis (bipolar type II) or my meds (Depakote, Serzone, and others). I've been on BC pills for several weeks now and have noticed an improvement in cognitive function. I have not noticed any difference in mood or depression. I think your best bet would be to talk to your doctor about trying something in addition to the BC pills for your depression. Sometimes you have to try many different types of antidepressants to find one that works. There are many, many antidepressants out there. Don't give up, and keep trying! Terry




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