Citalopram and birth control pill

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Hi all!

I have been taking Citalopram for 4 months now majorly for anxiety (panic) and the depression accompaining it. I'm at 30mg and until two weeks ago I was feeling absolutely great. Then I decided to start taking my birth control pill and Boom! All my anxiety and depression seems to be back! It is as if I weren't taking Citalopram at all anymore (although I take it religiously every day). 

I am curious to know if anybody else have the same or similar experience.

I take also the opportunity to thank all the participants in this forum for the amazing support given one another. 

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    Hi ilhabela,

    While my experience is slightly different I thought I'd share. I'm not on birth control but I am pregnant and like you I felt as though my medication suddenly stopped working. I suspect hormones play a strong role. My doctor has increased my dosage anI'm coping with side effects until my emotions even out. Definitely speak to your doctor as soon as you can. Hope this helps, feel better soon smile

    Sam

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      Thanks for the reply Samantha and congrats on the baby! I also think the hormones have a big role on all this mess! It's just so exhausting... You think you are finally getting better and then you just fall down again!

      When did you start your higher dosis if you dont mind me asking? and what type of other side effects are you experiencing?

      I really hope we all feel better soon!

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      Hi again,

      I started the higher dose Tuesday and am having a rough time. General anxiety, no appetite, waves of panic. I'm optimistic though that over the next few days the medication will take effect, I think it's just a bit tougher again because of the hormones. And you're right, setbacks are awful but I was on citalopram for 7 years with very few issues before this so I'm confident that things will even out smile

      Sam

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    Hi, I take citalopram with the contraceptive jag and find no problems. Maybe see if you can change your contraception to something else. I would talk to your doctor and see what he says. Good luck x
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      Hi Louise!

      Thanks for the reply. Could you tell me which pill you take? I take Microgynon, but after the last week I will stop it for sure! I actually decided to take birth control pill for my bad PMS. 

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    I get the contraceptive jag, every 3 monthssmile
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    Hi why not change from a pill, to a 3 month injection, it might help.
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