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mini-pill (cerazette specifically) and depression/anxiety side-effects - a warning! Please read..

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RedFraggle Sat 29-Sep-07 16:44:42

After my horrendous experience with a mini-pill I felt I had to post this here as well as on the feeling depressed board.

I had my DS three months ago and after initial baby blues was starting to feel better. Went for my 8 week postnatal check and was prescribed Cerazette (the mini-pill) as I am breastfeeding. After about a week I started to feel really miserable and paranoid, gradually got worse until I could no longer face taking my kids out for the day as I just didn't feel I could cope.
Carried on getting worse to the point I was suicidal and kept thinking about harming myself or my baby. Spent a lot of time sitting with him and my DD throwing tearful wobblers and me sitting on the floor crying too!
Asked my HV for help and she got me a Doctors appointment - my HADS score was extremely high and I was put on anti-depressants, they started to kick in (although the side-effects were horrid) and I felt a bit more normal and so popped on to here for a look about. i hadn't felt up to even doing that for weeks! I saw a post about cerazette and mood swings and alarm bells rang. Googled Cerazette and anxiety/depression and found lots of stuff. I spoke to my doctor and came off all medication and lo and behold - I am totally fine again! Cerazette made me so mentally unstable, it was terrifying. I have had it yellow carded and suggest anyone else with similar issues speaks to their GP and does the same.
The fact that this pill is being heavily marketed to doctors at the moment (according to my HV) means more people are likely to be prescribed it, and at a time when they have just had a baby and therefore their side-effect symptoms could easily be confused with PND.
If you have recently had a baby and were feeling ok but suddenly start to feel bad or not yourself shortly after starting a mini-pill it might be worth considering changing or stopping medication to just rule out a link. Check with your doctor first of course!!!

Heartweaver Tue 16-Jun-15 11:48:43

I am not a mom, but I registered for an account in order to post on this thread.

I can assure you that what all of you experienced is very likely not due to postnatal depression. However, if you are already depressed like I was, the effect of the pill amplifies it. It has gotten to the point that it nearly wrecked my marriage even though all is well, I felt like a victim and prisoner for no reason at all.

It has also caused my health to deteriorate, despite having regular exercise and eating well. I knew that something is clearly wrong if I am plagued with depression on the best time of my life with no stressors present, that it must be the pill who is the culprit. Sure enough, the day after I got off the pill, I am back to my happy-go-lucky self again. I am staying away from artificial hormones indefinitely (had bad effects from Gynera as well).

Wissy73 Wed 06-May-15 11:18:31

Thank you so much to everyone for posting on here. I've been suffering these symptoms for 4 years and have stopped taking this pill today!!! My GP prescribed this pill when my son was 6 weeks old and I went back after 2 weeks to say I felt weird and depressed and I was assured that the pill had nothing to do with it. Yesterday a friend pointed out that it could be the cerazette that was making me feel like this and after reading these comments I am convinced that this is the case. I just wish more new mums knew about this as I simply thought I wasn't coping very well and now I'm sure it's been the cerazette all along!

Kate145 Tue 17-Mar-15 00:17:14

I have just started taking this over a week ago. Pretty worried as I have tried three different combination pills and all have made me depressed/anxious/moody/unreasonable!! Thought this would be the answer for me but maybe not! I have been pill free for over a year and felt so much better. The last couple of days I have suffered with paranoia and anxiety. What I really don't understand is why my gp would prescribe this as I was so anti any pill due to my previous depression (suicidal at times.) Condoms are the way forward!! I hope other people realise how much a pill can change you life.

LoopyLou2015 Mon 16-Mar-15 20:31:38

Well it's day five without that crappy pill and my head is clear again. I'm not 100% and don't expect to be yet, but I can function. The whooshing sound has gone from my head and I can get up in the mornings. I don't feel so desperate and low, and have had only two anxiety attacks since stopping taking them. Can't believe one stupid little pill made me feel so dreadful! angry

LoopyLou2015 Wed 11-Mar-15 15:31:53

So....first day without taking the demon pill today.....clearly too soon for any effects, but the fact that this whole nightmare might be due to something external and not me just going berserk has me in a better mood already! Pills all in the bin, good riddance!!

LoopyLou2015 Tue 10-Mar-15 17:49:14

God almighty, I wish I'd thought about this weeks ago.......was prescribed Cerelle at the end of January. Within four days I suffered a major panic attack, utterly terrifying and debilitating. I had more during the following week, to the point where I was signed off work, and have been seeing a counsellor. It seems that I have had a total breakdown, and in order to avoid letting my employer down as I have shown no signs of improvement after five weeks, I have actually handed my notice in. I have felt on a number of occasions that life for everyone would be better if I were dead. For someone who is generally confident, bright and upbeat, I'm permanently anxious, paranoid and nervous. I've spent three days in bed, literally unable to face the world and don't want any contact with anyone, I have lost all self confidence. I had a sudden thought this afternoon out of the blue that these episodes have coincided to within days, with my starting to take Cerelle.

Having read all the above I'm terrified that the side effects don't state more clearly what can happen. I'd already taken today's, but won't be taking any more. Whether or not anyone replies here, I going to update daily to record what I hope will be progress. The thought that there might be a light at the end of this hideous tunnel has given me pretty well the first smile for weeks, I've honestly thought I was going insane. Fingers crossed for me.......

alishac Mon 16-Feb-15 20:28:34

I also wonder if the bouts of depression come and go? I will go a few months without any problem and the all of a sudden its terrible? Ive been feeling really upset for about on 2 months now and this has been my worst experience with the anxiety thus far. Ive been taking the pill for a year. Ive felt terrible about 80% of my days since being on it. I continued taking the mini pill thinking it would eventually even out my hormones, instead my symptoms are getting progressively worse.

alishac Mon 16-Feb-15 20:08:46

I am on the mini pill now! I went from being an extremely happy person to very upset and having terrible scary thoughts. Constantly worrying about my kids dying, my husband dying, and my mom dying. I have no past with depression or anxiety. I have been waking up every morning anxiety stricken and shaking uncontrollably. This is not like me at all Ive had test run on blood glucose levels and thyroid. I reached out to a counselor to meet with once a week, and a Stephen minister from my church has been helping me. It dawned on me this morning that I have been having these issues for the same amount of time ive been on the mini pill. My question is how long after stopping the pill did you start feeling better? I have been baffled by all of this because it is so totally out of character for me. Ive never in my life felt emotionally unstable until this.

rhia88 Fri 26-Sep-14 18:31:41

Well what a difference a day makes, day 3 off the pill and today I feel almost normal, my daughter has just said to me "mum you seem really happy today", if you had said to me yesterday I would feel like this today, I would of doubted every word. !!!!!!!!

rhia88 Thu 25-Sep-14 14:25:10

I have just found this post, I have been on this pill for 9months now, but stopped taking it 2 days ago after reading this, at the moment I just feellike I am on the verge of not being able to cope and have been constconstantly feeling sick, then a couple of days ago it dawned on me it could be the pill, I stopped one once before because it made me depressed, so hopefully I will start perking up as cannot keep this up much longer, I hate feeling like this, will let you know how it goes

HelenPye Wed 21-May-14 14:58:08


I’ve just come across this thread and was wondering if any of you might be able to help me.

I was on Cerazette for 6 months and got awful depression to the point where I had to take a year out of university because I couldn't face waking up in the morning. I went to my doctor who refused to believe it could be Cerazette causing the problem and tried to put me on antidepressants instead. It took me going to multiple doctors before I found one who listened to my concerns and even then they wouldn’t report it to the Yellow Card scheme because they said they couldn’t prove it was Cerazette’s fault.

At the moment I’m doing a Masters in journalism and for my final project I’m looking at the link between the mini-pill and depression, and whether women are being overmedicated with antidepressants because doctors aren’t recognising the mini-pill is causing depression. It’s a topic I’m hugely passionate about getting more media coverage for and alerting more women to the dangers of Cerazette.

I was wondering if any of you would be willing to talk to me about your experiences, particularly as the mini-pill has been shown to trigger PND. It can be completely anonymous, but I’d be hugely grateful if one of you was willing to talk your experiences and hopefully we raise more awareness of the issue.


stacey282012 Tue 09-Jul-13 08:52:24

this happened to me too with cerazette. im so glad I have read this I thought I was going mad. now I know im not alone. I was only on them foe 3 months and ended up in hospital feeling like I was having a heart attack which the doctor said it was a really bad anxiety attack. I went on to suffer bad depression and regular pains in my arms which are a weird feeling and I still get them cause I think im paranoid about things still and I cause myself the pain by stressing and don't know how to stop.

anyone know a pill with very little side affects because after that experience I have not took the pill for about 2 years because im too scared too.

jbemms09 Fri 03-Aug-12 00:13:51

OMG, seriously.... I just felt the need to write on this blog because of my truly AWFUL experience on the mini pill cerazette. Was prescribed this after the combined pill made me moody also, and this still doesn't work. It also took away my sex drive and gave me daily headaches... I am no longer using any pills condoms will work for me! Literally, I felt so depressed and psychotic splitting up with my boyfriend for no reason and wanting to call in sick and just stay in bed! I NEVER feel like this, I always want to go to work and do my best but since taking the pill i've been failing my targets and just overall miserable. I really truly do not reccommend this pill to anyone, I would cry randomly and become really aggressive. I am really thankful for all the other comments as now i know i'm not mental and it is the pill smile I'm hoping it will wear off in a couple of days smile

Thanks guys xxxxxxx

Kidsmummy Sun 20-May-12 21:54:45

I also suffered on and off with anxiety attacks and this pill made me feel completely out of control. I also ended up ringing an out of hours GP as I had had my first ever paranoid attack which made me feel, well I suppose the best word to describe as terrified.
Once I stopped with the Cerazette, a week or so later my AD meds were increased and only this last week have I been able to get through the day with minor attacks and have felt alot more social and contented. I don't know what the best form contraception would be for you but for me, I won't be putting any hormones in my body without first having a hysterectomy !

There are other pills out there and I suppose it's trial and error but being moody, depressed etc are side effects we can all live with if only minor - alas that pill didn't give me minor more like major major major

Good luck with your quest to find a pill that suits but don't suffer unless you have too!

Kt1991 Sun 20-May-12 20:16:09

So glad I came across this page. I was put onto this pill about 6 months ago now, as I was no longer allowed to be on the Yasmin Pill due to mirgraines, and because I was breastfeeding, and the coil didn't work for me, so I thought the best option was to stay on the pill. Bad choice! I have been constantly moody, snappy and just generally horrible to my other half. I have always suffered with anxiety, but this pill has made it ten times worse! I even had to call for an ambulance once, because I was suffering terrible stomach cramps, which made me have a very bad panic attack. I wish I coud change over to another form of contraception, but my partner and I prefer not to use condoms. I have only had a couple of proper periods, recently I came on a week late, which then lasted on and off for nearly 2 weeks. And this period this week has only been light spotting. I was diagnosed with PCOS at the beginning of the year, so I am not too sure whether it is that or the cerazette? Would love to hear from anyone in this same situation, as I am very confused and stressed right now!!

Kidsmummy Sat 05-May-12 11:09:12

Update: spoke to dr who didn't 100% agree with what I said but supported my decision. Had a terrible night ( well from 4am onwards) but knew that might happen but this morning my period arrived so I am hoping that this will mean that the hormonal hell I had over the last two weeks will finally subside.

'today is a new day, yesterday is over'

Kidsmummy Thu 03-May-12 11:54:15

I was prescribed Cerazette two weeks ago as I was having hormonal
Mood swings and it was felt that thIs pill would help. The last two weeks have been a living hell - I felt out of control, spaced out, depressed more than normal, having anixety attacks all the time. I have been on AD for 5 weeks and couldn't understand why they weren't fully working as
they had done in the past. After spending the morning sleeping on the sofa after another night of insomnia, I came across this site and all the threads to do with this pill. I had a EUREKA moment and realised that the last two weeks I have felt worse than before. From tomorrow I will
Not be taking this pill EVER AGAIN

Sincere thanks up everyone who has taken the time to
post to this thread, your comments have been invaluable to me as no doubt my GP would have dismissed my problems.

'tomorrow is a new day - Cerazette free!'

iloveknittinghats Sun 22-Apr-12 20:22:17

Hi everyone, how long has it taken people to feel better after stopping Cerazette? Especially in terms of depression/anxiety? I stopped mine 2 months ago and although i feel better, i am still getting times where I feel very anxious and paranoid. Ive started taking St. johns Wort to see if that helps but that will take a couple of weeks to kick in.

Thanks guys

steph35 Thu 19-Apr-12 14:25:04

Thanks so much for this thread i've been on cerazette since after my son was born nearly 3 years i had not had a period for nearly 2 years till out of the blue come on tue.googled about it to find this thread & omg has opened my eyes to so much i've been moody,crying all time very tired etc i was put on 30mg cialopram as was told was depressed not wondering maybe most of it is to do with cerazettee?been to dr's today & said about it so stopping it from tomorrow see if makes a diffrerent told to give it 3 months.my hubby had snip now so don't really need to be on it only reason i still was was because stopped my peroids & i suffered very heavy/painful periods bleeding for weeks on end.I hope stopping it will make me feel better & treat my hubby better i think had enough of my moods & my no to sex all the time

jemmaj83 Sun 18-Mar-12 21:34:13

My little boy is 14 weeks old and life is wonderful with the exception of my horrific mood swings.... suprise suprise - I was prescribed cerazette at my 6week PN check up as I'm breast feeding. This morning, after searching the internet for an answer, I threw the rest of the packet in the bin.... Thank you all for sharing your experiences in detail as I feel exactly the same and have also gained weight through the food cravings (I thought it was supposed to fall off while b'feeding!)

iloveknittinghats Fri 16-Mar-12 21:32:43

You wonderful women have no idea how much you have helped me. I hope you dont mind me writing on this forum though as i dont have children.

Two years ago i suffered some sort of breakdown due to pressures of work and events in my personal life. The doctor wasnt that brilliant but put me on a low dose of Citalopram. This did really help to ease the anxiety. Last summer i weaned myself off the Citalopram as i felt great and wanted to 'go it alone'. I also came off the contraceptive Ovranette. I had taken it for over 10 years and felt i needed to give my body a break. I had never had a problem with Ovranette. About 2 months later i decided to go back onto the pill as other contraceptives werent that great.

The day i went to get my contraceptive, i took home my prescription and received a call from my nurse by the time i got home. Because of my increase in weight, they wanted to change me onto Cerazette. As i was unable to get time from work again, the nurse left the new prescription for me over the counter, so no possible side effects were explained to me by anyone.

I continued with Ovranette until the end of my pack (as advised by the nurse) and then went straight onto Cerazette. This was in November last year. Initially things were ok. No bleeding or pain. Looking back, i started feeling quite withdrawn over Christmas and even that time didnt have the usual spark for me as it always has. Come January, i did not want to socialise and hubby was starting to get fed up of my anti-social ways. By February, i was becoming extremely irrational and paranoid. Breaking out in sweats, feeling guilty, having really foggy sight, my skin felt like it was burning and i would wake in the night from nightmares soaking wet. I was so anxious i felt like i was blind sometimes. I kept making strange connections in my mind and freaking out about things i wouldnt normally bat an eyelid at. I kept thinking that people i loved were going to die and i would be all alone and i kept thinking that myself or my loved ones could be capable of awful things. the skin at the top of my back and around my ears had become covered in cysts and i had terrible acne. I was exhausted and just wanted to sleep all the time. Basically i was a wreck.

Because of the anxiety and thinking it was due to pressures in work, i again went to my doctor who put me onto Citalopram. After a couple of days, things spiralled and it started affecting my job which i was determined i didnt want to happen. I was crying all the time.

While all of this was happening, i started to have a period. It lasted 3 weeks and was the only symptom i associated with the Cerazette. Because of the bleeding, i Googled the symptoms of Cerazette and i couldnt believe that i found threads this like this one. So many women feeling like me and the one connection was Cerazette. As soon as i found this out i stopped my Cerazette.

I stopped taking it about 4 weeks ago and i do feel better than i did although am not 100%. I find that reading these threads every morning helps me to re-focus that i am not myself at the moment but that things will keep getting better and less scary.

The past few weeks have been terrifying and i cant thank you ladies enough for your honest stories and positive outlooks. I am hoping that the next few weeks will bring me back totally to myself and that i can like myself again.

Good luck to all of you whether your experience of Cerazette is bad or good.


Mandahul Sat 18-Feb-12 22:04:57

I wanted to share my experince with Cezarette. I have been on it for approx 2 years. Have a history of anxiety and stress since about the age of 14 have been prescribed antidepresents in the past but never taken them. I am now 33 years old with 2 boys. I had been on Microgynon for years no problems.

At a routine repeat pill check up the nurse informedme that as I was over 30 (31) and due to having a couple of recent headaches (due to needing to update my prescription with my contacts which i did tell her) and the fact I smoke about 5 a day I could no longer stay on Microgynon and HAD to switch to Cezarette. I was a little reluctant as I was happy on the ones I was on. I researched and remember reading this thread 2 years ago. Read the different views and thought I had to give them a go as the health professionals were recommeding them. I put this thread to the back of my mind. Until now.

The first few months were like others, I had symptoms similar to being pregnant. Sore swollen boobs (my boobs increased a whole size), nausea, emotional and weepy - hormonal, craving for sweet foods even an increased sense of smell. I even did a test which was negative. I settled into it and thought it was amazing. No periods (apart from the odd bit of spotting once or twice) and bigger boobs.

I did have a stressfull couple of years personally but am very aware of my depression and can spot when it is coming on and I can take appopriate action. However, for about 6 months I have been feeling physically ill. Tiredness so bad I have been having to lie down and close my eyes for 5 mins at work in the afternoon and panic about how I can even manage to get through the afternoon. I work, cook the dinner do the boys home work with them and then sleep. I no longer go out I dont even pick up my guitar and I was performing up untill 18 months ago.

I went to the doctors and was sent for test, anemia, thiroids and various others. I cried all the way home because I just wanted to be told I had something wrong with me that could be fixed. Or a difficency that could be treated with vitamins. I started waking every morning vith vertigo. Feeling very weak and dizzy and feeling sick. I struggle to even clean my teeth without being sick. Again I thought I may be pregnant and did a test, Again negative.

Two weeks ago the doctor prescribed me sleeping tablets and I took them the last 2 weekends as I may not have been getting the right type of sleep. I also showed him a rash that I had been getting for a bout a week, he said to take antihistamines. The rash has got worse. My skin goes bright red and burning hot and I get itchy lumps so itchy I want to rip my skin off. I went back this morning and saw a different doctor. I said the sleeping tablets were helping and I did feel a little beter for the first couple of days after taking them. But I was starting to think I was going mad or even on the brink of a complete mental break down and was losing my mind. The sleeping tablets made me realise I am half awake all night listening for every sound in the house and I sleep with the window open so I can listen for people approaching the house. My son started senior school September and I was distraght and frantic with worry every morning he left the house and racked with guilt I was putting him through this tramatic event. Constantly thinking something really bad is going to happen to one of the boys and living the grapic experience in my head unable to stop it and desgusted inmyself for thinking it. No sleep, triedness, withdrawn, dizzy spelly, weakness, out of breath and now itchy I was at my wits end. BUT when I told the doctor this morning about my hives - thats what she said they were and I said can they in anyway be conected. Its like something clicked in her head and she said what pill are you on. I said a new one for the last 18 months to 2 years. SHE told me to come off it straight away.

Its like it was obvious to her and normal for this pill to have these symptoms. I was elated and releaved to know I am not losing my mind and destined for a life of sleepless depression and exhaustion. She has given me antihistamines to take mightly so the drousyness will help me sleep and I can stop spending 6 hours a day scratching. I have to now come off the cezarette. I am hoping I will now get my life back my husband will get his wife back and my children will get there Mom back.

P.S. All of the symptoms I experienced are listed on the paperwork and it took a long time for them to effect me the way they have (If it is the cezarette) I pray in a way it is so I can live again. I missed all the signs this time of getting depressed. I put them down to life and rationalised all of my irrational behavoir down too being tired. I was actually tired due to being so paranoid and anxious. I googled the tablet along with warnings and came across this thread again and remember reading it all those months ago. I wish I had remembered it earlier x

Mumofthreelittleangels Tue 07-Feb-12 00:52:00

Hello Ladies!
I've been on it for 3.5 weeks now and in my opinion it's a "great" contraception - I haven't stopped bleeding since :-( I also developed hot flushes overnight, increased urge to wee all the time through the night (It feels like I am going to burst, but when I actually go - it's not much at all!), uncomfortable pain like feeling in lower abdomen, headaches and very sore boobs!!! Oh, and I put 3 pounds on in three weeks (and beleive me I am trying to be sensible with eating and work out 3 times a week in the gym too!). At the moment not happy at all - this supposed to be an alternative to my copper coil which is 5 years old now, but I think I will be sticking with coil.... may be it's just an early days yet.... will see my GP in the next few day, see what he has to say.

mamamomojojo Fri 27-Jan-12 20:07:03

Am supposed to be going on cerazette tomorrow but freaking out now. I think I've like a tendancy towards mild depression and moderate anxiety I would say. Dread to think what I'd be like if worse. Baby is 3 months and it's the happiest time ever. Would hate to ruin it. Weight gain, its a struggle to keep trim -i dont need That to be harder.. Husband wont sleep with me till I go on the pill. I really want to get back into it but don't want to think of losing libido??! :-/ don't want to take oestrogen ever as family hx oest-dep breast cancer, am breastfeeding at mo anyway. This forum might be biased in that it's visited only by peoole who suspect link with the 2 and is first item to come up if you google cerazette at all. Hmm.. The rational me... Will she remain... I'll let u know!

Mrsrobertduvall Wed 25-Jan-12 18:19:51

Dd has just been put on it, and she does have mild depression.

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