BP2 and PMDD

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carriel
August 6, 2012 - 9:08 pm
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carriel
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Hi! I am new here. Has anyone been on Lamictal and Citalopram for BP2 and PMDD? I just saw a new doc today, and she increased my lamictal and added citalopram. Wondering if anyone has experience with this.

I read some older posts on this forum regarding being diagnosed with BP2 instead of PMDD; my pdoc told me today that PMDD is a part of, or symptom of being bipolar. Hope this helps :)


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carriel
August 6, 2012 - 9:08 pm
Hi! I am new here. Has anyone been on Lamictal and Citalopram for BP2 and PMDD? I just saw a new doc today, and she increased my lamictal and added citalopram. Wondering if anyone has experience with this.

I read some older posts on this forum regarding being diagnosed with BP2 instead of PMDD; my pdoc told me today that PMDD is a part of, or symptom of being bipolar. Hope this helps :)


dnmarie
September 13, 2012 - 1:47 pm
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I am also bp2 and have been diagnosed pmdd. I also take lamictal and and bunch of ther meds , but when im on my period I am complety disabled and cannot function. I still dont know if its health related or due to the bp.. what are your symptoms like.



Current medications as of 09-13-2012
02-24-2012 - Present: bupropion, 75 mg. 2xs a day
02-24-2012 - Present: cymbalta, 60 mg. every night
06-23-2012 - Present: ibprofen, 600 mg. 3xs a day
06-29-2012 - Present: Methocarbamol, 750 mg. evrey 6-8 hours
07-12-2012 - Present: iron, 28 mg. 3xs a day
07-29-2012 - Present: Lamotrigine, 100 mg. every night
08-23-2012 - Present: calcium , 333 mg. 3xs a day
08-23-2012 - Present: gabapentin, 350 mg. 3xs a day
08-23-2012 - Present: magnesium, 133 mg. 3xs a day
08-23-2012 - Present: ropinirole, .5. at bedtime
08-23-2012 - Present: vitamin d3, 200 iu. 3xs a day
08-23-2012 - Present: vitamin e, 400 iu. every night
08-23-2012 - Present: zinc, 5 mg. 3xs a day

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dnmarie
September 13, 2012 - 1:47 pm
I am also bp2 and have been diagnosed pmdd. I also take lamictal and and bunch of ther meds , but when im on my period I am complety disabled and cannot function. I still dont know if its health related or due to the bp.. what are your symptoms like.



Current medications as of 09-13-2012
02-24-2012 - Present: bupropion, 75 mg. 2xs a day
02-24-2012 - Present: cymbalta, 60 mg. every night
06-23-2012 - Present: ibprofen, 600 mg. 3xs a day
06-29-2012 - Present: Methocarbamol, 750 mg. evrey 6-8 hours
07-12-2012 - Present: iron, 28 mg. 3xs a day
07-29-2012 - Present: Lamotrigine, 100 mg. every night
08-23-2012 - Present: calcium , 333 mg. 3xs a day
08-23-2012 - Present: gabapentin, 350 mg. 3xs a day
08-23-2012 - Present: magnesium, 133 mg. 3xs a day
08-23-2012 - Present: ropinirole, .5. at bedtime
08-23-2012 - Present: vitamin d3, 200 iu. 3xs a day
08-23-2012 - Present: vitamin e, 400 iu. every night
08-23-2012 - Present: zinc, 5 mg. 3xs a day

carriel
September 13, 2012 - 9:08 pm
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carriel
Total Posts: 543
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Hi dnmarie,

Thanks for the reply. It seems like this forum is not very active! Lamictal has kept me pretty level, but my pms has always brought on depression. My symptoms of pmdd are low energy, sleeping a lot, depressive thinking (like thinking that my life is terrible, when I like my life the rest of the month), and isolating. The isolating was difficult for me, as I just got married, and I didn't feel like I had feelings for my husband during pms. I also didn't want to be touched. That was really disturbing for me, and not good for a new marriage. I can still function, but I experience these symptoms for 10-14 days before my period. So that's a lot of my life!

I was apprehensive to add an antidepressant, but my new pdoc thought I should definitely treat it. It worked great for about a month, but then I had an adverse reaction to the citalopram when I got my period. I started having weird violent thoughts and suicidal ideations out of nowhere. I had to go off citalopram. I am in my "good" part of the month right now, but will have to wait the rest of my cycle to see how it goes.

If your depression happens regularly and corresponds with your period each month, it sounds like it is definitely pmdd. I found that my first pdoc, who was a man, didn't perceive pmdd as something that needed to be treated. My current pdoc, a female, seemed to understand the difference between pms and pmdd, and she wanted to help.

I hope you continue talking to your doctor and are able to treat those symptoms. Keep me updated on what you find out.




Current medications as of 09-13-2012
05-01-2012 - Present: Clonazepam, 0.5 mg. as needed
08-31-2012 - Present: Lamictal, 100 mg. twice per day

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carriel
carriel
September 13, 2012 - 9:08 pm
Hi dnmarie,

Thanks for the reply. It seems like this forum is not very active! Lamictal has kept me pretty level, but my pms has always brought on depression. My symptoms of pmdd are low energy, sleeping a lot, depressive thinking (like thinking that my life is terrible, when I like my life the rest of the month), and isolating. The isolating was difficult for me, as I just got married, and I didn't feel like I had feelings for my husband during pms. I also didn't want to be touched. That was really disturbing for me, and not good for a new marriage. I can still function, but I experience these symptoms for 10-14 days before my period. So that's a lot of my life!

I was apprehensive to add an antidepressant, but my new pdoc thought I should definitely treat it. It worked great for about a month, but then I had an adverse reaction to the citalopram when I got my period. I started having weird violent thoughts and suicidal ideations out of nowhere. I had to go off citalopram. I am in my "good" part of the month right now, but will have to wait the rest of my cycle to see how it goes.

If your depression happens regularly and corresponds with your period each month, it sounds like it is definitely pmdd. I found that my first pdoc, who was a man, didn't perceive pmdd as something that needed to be treated. My current pdoc, a female, seemed to understand the difference between pms and pmdd, and she wanted to help.

I hope you continue talking to your doctor and are able to treat those symptoms. Keep me updated on what you find out.




Current medications as of 09-13-2012
05-01-2012 - Present: Clonazepam, 0.5 mg. as needed
08-31-2012 - Present: Lamictal, 100 mg. twice per day

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