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Cerazette turning me mad!

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sushipaws Wed 15-Aug-07 17:34:07

I've been on Cerazette for just under 3 months now and have developed a really bad temper. I'm normally a really laid back person and I don't tend to ever get that angry.

About 6 weeks ago I started to have really nasty mood swings where I have to go into a room on my own and hit or break something. I have never shown my anger to my 20 week old DD but keeping control can be hard.

My DD used to sleep through for at least 6 hours in one go, but at about the same time she started waking for a feed after 5 hours and sometimes it takes her an hour to go back to sleep.

My HV thinks it's the broken sleep thats got me wound up but I think it might be the Cerazette.

I'm BF so can't go on the combined pill, also condoms are a waste of time with my DH, think we've tried ever kind in the shop.

Anyone else had this problem with Cerazette?

TheGrumpySquirrel Sat 10-Sep-16 22:55:05

Ahh I've been on it for about 5-7 years and also had issues with anxiety and depression (started before so I assumed unrelated) but recently been feeling worse. Hmm

Grumpyoldmomma Sat 10-Sep-16 13:56:50

Goodness these posts have really got me wondering. I have been on cerazette for almost 6 years, and have been suffering with depression and anxiety too. Now I'm wondering if it is all connected. I'm on sertraline anti depressant and am now wondering if I need any of them!! hmm

squishycat Sat 10-Sep-16 09:02:07

My other half wants to know where I have gone. I am normally calm, chilled out and patient to the point of being "nice", since being put on this pill a few months ago I have been a raging, hormonal nutter. I think I may have been on it a few years ago, but the doctor claimed not to be able to find it on my medical records so I let it go ( I though it had made me a bit nuts 10 years ago!). So I will be coming off this now. I do not know what to do instead.... Another baby would interfere with my life less!!!!! Lol
I do not understand why this gets prescribed. As someone else is dangerous! I would imagine that it is responsible for a lot of heartache in lives and relationships. Any ideas for an alternative folks??

cparkins Sun 13-Oct-13 19:01:43

Ok so currently sat in bed crying my eyes out not daring to see or speak to anyone in the house as i feel so angry. Was on depo for 5 years and really suited me but family history of osteoporosis meant had to change. Was recommended cerazette 6 months ago and have been hell to live with ever since. Cant cope like this any more, going to stop taking it.

marylou123 Wed 17-Jul-13 20:17:05

I recently took cerazette and had to stop after three weeks. I had horrendous anxiety, almost to the point of panic attacks. Two weeks on, I'm still feeling pretty anxious but better than I was. How long does this take to get out of your system? What a nightmare drug.

Weeble41 Sun 14-Jul-13 20:44:04

Omg this weekend I've felt I'm going crazy!! For a long time I was on mini pill femilen I think it was called but was told by nurse it's not available anymore so put me onto cerezette. Been on it two weeks and feel my heads out of control. I'm already on anti depressants and genuinely starting to think I'm back to square one. I had this beautiful sunny weekend off work and I've spent it in bed trying to sleep. My chest has been so tight and I've had a few weird dizzy spells. Tomorrow I'm definitely off to doctors as its also effecting my work. Thanks guys for your input on this pill...

MeanAndMeaslyMiddleAges Sun 14-Apr-13 19:55:56

I'm so glad I found this thread. I had the most horrendous anxiety and paranoia whilst pregnant and it went as soon as ds was born. He's now a year old and I've been on cerazette for 3 weeks. Over the last week I've been experiencing increasing levels of anxiety that reminded my of how I felt when pregnant. Going to stop taking it today and see what happens.

DarrowbyEightFive Sun 01-Jul-12 12:50:05

Cerazette is the stuff of the devil. It's frightening the way it's being pushed by medical professionals, with no consideration of the horrific side-effects. At the very least women should be warned of the potential risks before being prescribed it.

notcitrus Sun 01-Jul-12 11:50:14

Hm... have been wondering if Cerazette could be making me hugely depressed. I took it for 4 months after ds but coincided with my seasonal depression which was less bad than usual as I was outside walking so much.

Now with dd I've been on it 3 months and even on max dose of ADs I'm in a right state. Time to get a coil or mirena I think. Ideally MrNC would have a vasectomy but he says he needs more months to get his head round the idea - god knows what his head has been doing over the last few years...

sapphire73 Sun 01-Jul-12 10:50:51

Hi there, I have been on cerazette for nearly 4 weeks, and its been horrible. I went to the doctor because I have severely heavy periods with clots that make me feel very unwell and I am also very anaemic, so he prescribed me these pills and said that they should stop my periods or make them very light, I did not want to take them as in the past I have not been able to tolerate any form of contraceptive pill ( which is why after my second son my husband has a vasectomy) which I did tell my doctor . Within 3 days I had severe headaches, anxiety , depression, breast pain and feelings of extreme anger one minute and bursting into tears the next, I feel that I cannot cope with anything, I am finding it difficult to cope with the children , housework and my job . This pill is affecting my work, my marriage and my sanity. I have also had heavy bleeding now for 4 days . My doctor wants me to take this for 3 months and then have a coil fitted, but I have decided that for the sake of my family and my own mental health that I will be stopping these pills today. I have also put on 10lbs in 3 weeks and have had problems with sleeping and water retention. I am having a scan next week , so maybe they will come up with a better plan. I am completely fed up , and so had a look on the net to see if anyone else had had similar experiences and luckily came across this site , which is really helpful.

mcmillan Sat 18-Feb-12 18:24:48

At the end of January I had to take a morning after pill which left me feeling a bit low after and increasingly anxious, i've taken it years ago and it made me feel a bit rubbish so i was expecting this. I ended up having my period early and my next period then came a few days after the other one stopped. Therefore meaning I've had two this month. I was due to start taking cerazette on my next period due in march but since it came early I asked my doctor what to do and he said to go ahead and start taking it.
It's been 4 days now and I feel awful. Also up until a week ago was taking co-hydromol for a sore shoulder and I've heard a side effect of coming off that is anxiety.
I'm an emotional wreck at the moment, I feel very down, very anxious and I get hot sweats and get myself wound up over silly thinks. I've lost my level headedness and feel a bit all over the place and on the verge of tears all the time. I've suffered from moments of anxiety in the past and can be a bit of a worrier but this is awful.
I'm wondering whether to carry on and hope it gets better seeing as it may be a combination of cerazette and the other medication that i mentioned that's made my hormones go with or whether to stop it and look for other options that won't muck about with hormones. The more i read the more it seems that cerazette really isn't got those who already either suffer or have suffered from anxiety. I'm normally a very happy person, i'd like to go back to being that way.

liamandabigailsmummy Sun 05-Jun-11 21:19:45

Am so relieved I came across this page. I have been on cerazette just over 3 months, after the birth of my 2nd child. Normally a laid back, pleasant person I noticed that a few people were irritating me more than normal! I mentionned this to my husband who (as nicely as possible) told me that I was irritable with everybody including him and our eldest child (18m). I thought about this and was horrified when I realised he right. Things that I would normally joke about I'd been snapping. I feel like crying all the time and feel I want to have a great big argument but luckily my husband knows what is happening and doesn't take the bait! I am going to the doctors tomorrow to find another method of contraception but was nervous, as the doctor practically forced the prescription in my hand. I know they will try and say I have PND but I LOVE being a mother, enjoy going out places with the children, eat well, have plenty of support and get plenty of sleep (4m old sleeps 12 hours, 18m old 10 hours a night). This page has given me the confidence to say what I need to say tomorrow. Thank you x

LadyLex Thu 12-May-11 14:31:21

I have just posted a message on this subject on another board -

Thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences, as a result I have been very lucky to identify Cerazette as the cause of my anxiety and anger very early on. I have now stopped taking the pill and would urge anyone experiencing similar symptoms to speak to the GP. If I had known about the possible side effects I would have realised why I was a feeling so bad much earlier on, it's scary to think what might have happened if the anger I had been feeling had gone on unchecked for too long....... What a horrible, horrible drug.

deansmama Wed 19-May-10 14:00:59

Update* When I last posted I had taken my last cerazette pill its has now about a week later and i feel better less anxious, the bleeding has stopped, my libido has returned in full force wink I just feel better in my self more like the old me, I do still feel a little depressed but im sure thats the PND and maybe cerazette was exaggerating my symptoms! My doctor in France suggests that cerazette is a bad pill, I can't believe i took it without reading the side effects and reviews, I hope i continue to improve and put this horrible nightmare behind me for good!

expatinscotland Thu 13-May-10 18:42:38

And he gave you shite advice to stop breastfeeding.

I hope you didn't on his crummy advice.


deansmama Thu 13-May-10 18:40:24

My son was born in feb this year. I was given cerazette as i was breastfeeding and told to start the course at 4 weeks post partum. I have been what can only be described as a complete wreck, suffering with terrible anxiety,panic attacks, mood swings, headaches,stomach cramps, nonstop bleeding. I went to see my GP who diagnosed PND & PNA. He told me to try and relax! I have got worse with the anxiety and low mood controlling my life, i feel like an alien has invaded my body and taken away the old me, i have felt so lost! My DR has perscribed me with antianxiety meds and told me in the same app that perhaps cerazette was causing the bleeding. He told me to stop breastfeeding, finnish my last strip of cerazette pills, change to a different pill and to take the anxiety meds for two weeks and if i didn't improve he'd then give me antidepressants, i was unsure about taking the meds so i didn't collect my perscription. I decided to look up the side effects of cerazette today and i am blown away by what i have read in the reviews. Every bad side effect is what i have experienced so perhaps it's this pill making me feel like i'm going crazy!I took my last one this morning and threw the rest in the bin!!! I forgot to take yesterdays pill and i didnt really feel anxious at all! so i can't wait to see if i start to feel better in the next few weeks. This pill is dangerous it nearly destroyed my life and made me feel so mentally unstable it should be made more clear what actual side effects can take place!

LancashireDAFt Tue 27-Apr-10 22:45:20

Too true Jetbaby wink The best contraceptive ever!

I wonder how many women are suffering from anxiety/depression/mood swings and never realising that their pill is making it worse.

Jetbaby Tue 27-Apr-10 18:43:02

For the first few months I was on cerazette I was very angry. By six months, this had calmed down but then I found I had no sex drive whatsoever. It was a very good contraceptive - there was no chance of getting pregnant cos I hardly had sex in the six or so months I was on it!

whoopsididitagain Mon 26-Apr-10 23:23:49

omg i ve been on cerazette since my little one was about 6 months old

since then i have suffered anxiety depression horrendous mood swings i hardly ever bleed im angry alot

my gp has all the time just diagnosed anxiety/depression ive been on ad's since then she's now 3.8

my sex drive is huge whilst on cerazette and ad but stop my pill and ads im a useless nasty sexless person

this has really scared me :-(

LancashireDAFt Mon 26-Apr-10 23:15:46

I was on cerazette for 2 years, and I didn't have any periods during that time.

I've always had symptoms of anxiety but they escalated when on cerazette.

Unfortunately it took 2 years until I made the connection. I stopped taking it about 2 months ago and feel a definite improvement.

Chrysanthamum Mon 26-Apr-10 13:41:46

I'm on it but err panicking now as there's no sign of my period. I went on it after my 3rd child was born. Yes it makes me v moody. When I stopped bfing 2 months ago I had one vv long period and now nothing. although I hate it i'm sticking with it for now. I bought a book on how to practise natural contraception which I was going to start when next period arrives if ever! I know this can be a side effect but i'm a tad worried and i'll be really miffed if it hasn't worked!

Poppy84 Mon 26-Apr-10 13:28:48

How long was it before you felt normal again?

BirdFromDaNorf Mon 26-Apr-10 13:03:30

I stopped cerazette in less than a month, the effect on me was awful. We use condoms now. HTH

Poppy84 Mon 26-Apr-10 11:47:55

I was taking cerazette for a month but stopped because of constant spotting and complete loss of sex drive, I've been off it now for around three weeks but am still having mood swings and anxiety and feeling like a bit of a maniac!.

Has anyone else experienced this after stopping? does it take a while for your body to get back to normal?

Flowertop Mon 08-Jun-09 13:21:10

Me too. Took cerazette (bloody hate it!) and turned into a raving lunatic. First time in all our 22 years we nearly split as DH couldn't cope with my manic behaviour. came off in Feb and within days felt so much better. I spoke to nurse who maintained it could not be anything to do with the pill. Co

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