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Old 09-30-2007, 07:24 AM   #1
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I'm so lost- I'm not even sure what to do anymore...

In November 2006 I took Kariva for about 2 weeks and stopped because I was really depressed. Then in January of this year, I started Tri-Sprintec and was on it till August 2007. I was on it to regulate my very painful cysts and periods, and also used it as a contraceptive method. I stopped taking Tri-Sprintec in August because of the severe depression and weight loss.

This month, I started Aviane and stopped after a week because of the severe depression again.

I still don't feel normal. Since August, I've lost about 8lbs and I'm only 5'2" and about 89lbs now. I couldn't afford to lose weight before and I still can't. I still feel depressed and don't enjoy things anymore. I'm very edgy and get upset with everyone about everything. I feel awful because I'm dragging friends and family through this with me and everyone sees I'm so difficult to deal with.

Is there any hope? Will I get better? In addition to my regular daily vitamins, I take a Vitamin B supplement to help with the depression.

Please help, I don't feel like me and I'm not sure I remember what it feels like to be me.

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Old 09-30-2007, 09:40 AM   #2
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Re: Stopped BCP and now severe depression... please help

What kind of B supplement are you taking? Is it a B complex one? The pill depletes at least half of the B vitamins, not just one or two, and taking a B complex should help put them back. The pill also depletes magnesium, which is important for the mood as well. Diet is also important, eat plenty of fresh fruits and especially veggies as they have alot of B vitamins in them. Regarding taking vitamins, I've always had a better experience with the whole food type of vitamins, as oppose to the synthetic form. They're a little more expensive, but they work much better for me. You can get these at any vitamin store. Good luck.

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Old 10-28-2007, 06:25 AM   #3
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It usually takes longer than a week or two for the effects of BC to be prominent. I was on Aviane for about three/four months. Wretched pill. I felt much the same as you did, depressed and irritated with everything. It took almost three months after I stopped taking the pill for me to feel normal again. Worst few months of my life. But I read that two of the reasons you shouldn't take aviane is if you have a history of depression and a history of irregular periods. Your doctor is an absolute idiot for putting you on it, much as mine was. But don't give up, you will get better. It just takes a while for the effects to wear off.

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Bella -

I agree with Megan, it usually takes 3-6 months to leave your system. That's why, if a woman is trying to conceive, and she's been on the pill, doctors will tell her to wait until she's been off the pill for six months before she starts trying. It really messes with your body. Another supplement to take that might help you feel better is magnesium. It is yet another important thing that our bodies need that is depleted by the pill, and a deficiency in it will cause you to be depressed.

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