Can antidepressants affect your menstrual cycle?

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   Posted 7/2/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a dope and threw away my drug information sheet that came with my celexa, so I'm hoping someone here can advise me. I googled my same question, but you know how that goes. You bring up the whole gamut of horror stories and people who think antidepressants are pure evil.
Anyway, I am on birth control and have been for many year. My periods are like clockwork. I noticed I had some spotting on Sunday, but it went away by Monday. I never spot so I thought that was odd. My period is set to start tomorrow. I don't feel any of the typical symptoms of PMS that I normally experience right about now.
Just wondering if the celexa can cause irregularity in my cycle, spotting, or both. I see my PCP this afternoon so I'll probably ask him as well.
27 year old female
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: 30 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin

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   Posted 7/2/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   


Here is the info from the Celexa insert:

Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially anticoagulants (blood thinners) such as warfarin (Coumadin); other antidepressants; metoprolol (Lopressor); antihistamines; carbamazepine (Tegretol); cimetidine (Tagamet); estrogens; fluoxetine (Prozac); itraconazole (Sporanox); ketoconazole (Nizoral); levodopa (Sinemet, Larodopa); lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid); medications for high blood pressure, seizures, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, asthma, colds, or allergies; medications to treat an infection (bacterial or fungal); methylphenidate (Ritalin); muscle relaxants; oral contraceptives (birth control pills); sedatives; sleeping pills; thyroid medications; tranquilizers; and vitamins. Do not take citalopram if you have taken an MAO inhibitor (phenelzine [Nardil] or tranylcypromine [Parnate]) in the last 2 weeks.

If you Doctor knows what meds you are on then you should be OK.  JMHO

Kitt :-)


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   Posted 7/2/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Stress, Anxiety, and others can effect your cycle.

Birth control pills, meds etc. A lot can cause cycles to go off wack. I myself have NEVER been regular. I guess you can say I'm kinda lucky. I have 3-4 a year. Doc isn't concerned and neither am I. I have had 3 kids and no more kids for me.

But I would chat with the doc if it is more then a week late if you are concerned. Like I said things in general can throw it off. A lot of women will infact change their cycle if they work with other women and all will cycle at the same time. That was not a fun case when I drove school bus. As I worked with 200 other women and they all cycled with in 3 days of eachother.. Talk about moodie. But at least they all got it over with the same week. lol
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