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Old 02-22-2005, 04:27 PM   #1
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BP meds and menstrual cycles

I am 39. Always had a normal cycle pretty much through out my life. I take Norvasc, Lexapro and starting taking Hydrochlorot back in August. Well in the fall I went 2 months without a period. I had one in December skipped January and now I have had one for a week and a half. No pain just period.....Could my meds be messing up my cycle? I go back to the dr soon and may ask to come off the Hydrochlorot. He gave me that to reduce swelling last summer from the Norvasc.....Any ideas or help?

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Old 02-23-2005, 07:41 AM   #2
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Re: BP meds and menstrual cycles

I don't remember reading about bp meds causing skipped periods. You can search your drugs on the web and check side effects.

Something else to consider is perimenopause. Some women can start this as young as their early 30s. You might want to browse the Menopause board. I'd be more inclined to suspect peri for someone 39.

Old 02-23-2005, 08:06 AM   #3
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Re: BP meds and menstrual cycles

I was on norvasc and HCTZ for eight months and it didn't affect my cycle. I don't know anything about Lexapro.

Old 02-23-2005, 01:06 PM   #4
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Re: BP meds and menstrual cycles

I agree that peri-menopause may be a possibility at 39.

Neither of your BP meds are mentioned in the pharmaceutical literature as a possible cause of messing with your cycle.

But (rarely) LEXAPRO can. In one clinical trial there was an indication that 2% of patients on Lexapro (vs 1% on placebo) experienced some "mentrual disorder" but in general, in most studies, it is so infrequent that a direct causal relationship isn't really certain.

How long have you been on Lexapro?

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Old 03-01-2005, 06:22 AM   #5
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Re: BP meds and menstrual cycles

Hi .I ve been taking a pottassium sparing diuretic and Ive noticed menstrual disorders and it says so in the side effects blurb. However, Im sure Im peri menopausal too. Im 47. Length and frequency of menstruation has increased, at the moment. Good luck.

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