Vivelle and Prometrium.... Turning into a b*tch

lydia1959June 5, 2010

Been on .025 Vivelle patch (2X a week) and 100 mg Prometrium (2 weeks of the month)for a month now. I am weepy, angry, moody, anxious & depressed. Are these side effects of these 2 hormones? If so, will they go away?

I am peri menopausal. Tests showed high estrogen at the beginning on my cycle and non-existent estrogen in the later part. Progesterone was low throughout. My periods have been mostly normal for the past year, but I have skipped a few. For years I have had bad cramping that lasts almost a week starting at ovulation, sometimes continuing during the first half of my period. The OTC Progesterone cream from yams is helpful for the pain since my gyn cut off my Darvocet supply.

I read Suzanne Somers "Breakthrough" and was super excited about trying these things... the combination seems to help so many women. I was hoping for an increase in energy and mood, instead I have become miserable.

Should I give up on the Vivelle and Prometrium? Does it sound like a raise in one or the other would be helpful? TIA

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lydia1959

Since I've got no responses I'll give a quick update. I tried taking the Vivelle (estrogen) a day late and I became super depressed, weepy and tired. I tried taking extra Prometrium and that didn't help at all either. This week I experimented by adding a extra half of a Vivelle patch to the full patch and I think that has helped. I feel less tired, more upbeat, less angry.

For me I think I need more estrogen to balance out the progesterone.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2010 at 3:59PM
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pastapup

.25 is a super low dose and usually used only to help with maintaining bone health. I'd ask your doc for a .5 or minimum .35. Plus the rx will last you longer and you won't have the inconvenience of having to cut your dots.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 11:02PM
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Roxanne111

Hello Pastapup or anyone...! I note pp that you seem to be educated on the above bhrt and was wondering if this is what you take? I'm considering starting Vivelle Dot and Prometrium cyclically (i've been researching for awhile).. I'm 4 years post meno and early at that.. having my last period at age 44 now 48.. toughed out all the usual suspect symtoms but now 3-4 years into post meno... I've started bad v atrophy, bone loss, bladder issues, libido loss, brain fog..etc. I was just hoping to get some insigh into dosage and maybe what to expect in the first few months.. I have a gyni who is pretty good but she is not a supporter of cyclic method... (getting a period) and yet alot of what I have researched said this is the best way.. Anyway, I noticed your post was this year and thought you might still be around.. as many of the posts I have read are much older... thankyou.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 7:14PM
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eccentric

I have been taking one Prometrium pill (100 mg) a day and one shot of Estrogel (normal dose is 2 shots - but my doctor told me one). I have been on it for 5 years now - menopause hit at 57. I have naturally very dry skin which is why I decided to take it - and had no health issues to prevent me from trying it. I have never had a hot flash - heck I have never been warm in my life. There is a good chance that my doctor will want to start weaning me off it come Nov. 2013 at my next physical since I will have been on it for 5 years. But I have not suffered any mood swings from it. I am as I have always been - allergic to nearly everything - but with perfect blood pressure. It is a wonder I could take HRT.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 1:02PM
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AJinNH

I'm newly post menopausal and have been on the Vivelle Dot .0375 for 3 months, Prometrium 200 every 3 months for ten days. I'll be taking the Prometrium for the first time this week. The Vivelle Dot has given me my life back, seriously. The only issue I've been having is that I think that it's been wearing off too quickly. I change it every 3 1/2 days, but have noticed that I have some insomnia and moodiness at 2 to 2 1/2 days (still not as bad as before the patch).

I'm not sure if I need to change it more often or increase the dose.

Peri menopause was awful and went on forever. Menopause waited until I turned 58, I thought it would never happen.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2013 at 11:48AM
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