Is it ok to use an SSRI and Progesterone cream?

by Tiffany
(NZ)

Unfortunately I had a miscarriage with my twin boys at 14.5 weeks. It was the most physically and emotionally traumatic thing I have ever experienced. Approximately 4 weeks later, I suffered a severe panic attack which I have never suffered from in my life. My anxiety was through the roof 24/7, my mind was racing, I couldn't sleep and I felt as if I was losing my mind.

My doctor put me on Paroxetine and a whole cocktail of drugs. I had a reaction to the cocktail of drugs so decided to only try the paroxetine and the Lorazepam as needed. The Paroxetine took a few weeks to help with my anxiety and I do feel a little better but feel as if I am in a dream all day. As if reality is not reality..I hate this feeling, it causes me to feel anxious and so it's just like a rollercoaster I'm on. I just want to feel normal again :(

I have PCOS and decided to do a saliva test which showed my progesterone level is extremely low. I know that progesterone is the bodies natural anti-stress and anti-depressant so am wondering if that is why I have been suffering these attacks?

I am going to start using bio identical progesterone cream and multi vitamins etc., in the hope that this will be my miracle cure...I am hoping I can start this whilst trying to wean myself off my anti-depressant. I have only been taking 20mg of paroxetine for the past 7 weeks.

Has anyone got any advice or had any experience?

Please help!!!!

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May 21, 2018
Is it ok to use an SSRI and Progesterone cream?
by: Joy

Hi Tiffany

I am so sorry to hear about your Miscarriage. While low progesterone levels can cause them, there are others causes as well such as Stress. Progesterone cream does not interfere with any drugs, so it is fine to use. Between 100-200mg progesterone is needed, but you may need to use more, it all depends on how severe your symptoms are. It can take 2-6 months for the body to adjust, so time and patience is needed. Please read the How to use Progesterone Cream, Estrogen Dominance and PCOS pages.

You might also like to take some of the calming nutrients mentioned on the Anxiety page.

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