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Anyone Have Pmdd Or Pms?

are antidepressants gf?

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#1 Marie1976

 
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Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:57 PM

Hi everybody, I haven't been on here in a while...

 

I'm pretty sure I have PMDD. I'm a different person before my period and not in a good way. I think I need to just get on some medication for it finally, but every time I get any kind of prescription from the pharmacy (which isn't often, thankfully), the pharmacists can never seem to tell me if the meds are gluten free or not so I end up being too scared to take it.

 

Anyone know if antidepressants are gluten free? (I assume that's what they would prescribe for PMDD.) I would guess they are gluten-free... but I would guess that a lot of things are that turn out not to be. 

 

Thanks in advance.


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:11 PM

First, the prescription problem. Don't just drop off a prescription then ask a pharmacist if they are safe. Go to the pharmacy, ask what brand they will use to fill the prescription with and for a phone number for that company if possible. (If they don't have a phone number you can get it easily from the internet.) Then, call yourself. Drop the prescription off only when you know it is safe. I do not bother with manufacturers whose exclusive contact information is either email or international phone. Thanks, I'll pass on the language barrier since we have enough problems getting people we share a first language with to understand our issue. This is a personal choice that not everyone makes, nor advocates, and I am sure that some have found success contacting companies in this way. Once you have verified that a pharmacy can fill your prescription from a safe manufacturer, drop it off. When you pick it up, verify the manufacturer before paying. This seems neurotic, but I always do.

 

As for do I have these issues? My husband would probably tell you I am a psychotic you know what for several days, and maybe a bit more than a week before my period. I have simply learned to deal with it by attempting to keep my mouth shut and not speak for a week. My Grammy taught me as a little girl that if I don't have anything nice to say, not to say anything at all. I try to apply that rule. This generally meets with alternating amounts of success, but I am not finding this disruptive enough in my life to medicate.


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 05:51 PM

Not a doctor, of course. But I have been diagnosed with PMDD and it's a lot more than PMS. Not only are the symptoms more severe, but they also cover more of the month. I have problems while I'm ovulating and for at least a week before my period as well as during.

That being said, a doctor should be able to help whether it is bad PMS or PMDD. I have done anti-depressants but now have been having good luck with just birth control to balance my hormones.

As to the prescription question, I think the other poster had good suggestions. Any medication can have gluten (and I have found some by mistake) but few actually do. Still need to do the research on whatever is prescribed.
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Posted 05 May 2013 - 05:40 AM

I do as Adalaide suggested.  However i do not ask if the med is gluten free. I say I am allergic to wheat since wheat starch is considered to be gluten free by processing.


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 10:48 AM

I do as Adalaide suggested.  However i do not ask if the med is gluten free. I say I am allergic to wheat since wheat starch is considered to be gluten free by processing.

I don't do that only because I don't want people to think it's just wheat. A lot of stuff has barley malt, right? I drink a lot of herbal tea and I had to throw out a bunch because of that. I guess I could say I have celiac and I'm allergic to wheat. Sigh... Why is this so complicated...


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:43 PM

I don't do that only because I don't want people to think it's just wheat. A lot of stuff has barley malt, right? I drink a lot of herbal tea and I had to throw out a bunch because of that. I guess I could say I have celiac and I'm allergic to wheat. Sigh... Why is this so complicated...

I was speaking only about prescription and OTC meds. A lot of foods and herbals do have barley or oats but I haven't encountered either of those in meds except perhaps something prescribed by a naturopath or in supplements.


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celiac 49 years - Misdiagnosed for 45
Blood tested and repeatedly negative
Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002
Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis
All bold resoved or went into remission with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002
Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007

Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56
Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15

Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom


Positive to Soy and Casien also Aug 2007

Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test Aug 2007
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:18 PM

Hi everybody, I haven't been on here in a while...

I'm pretty sure I have PMDD. I'm a different person before my period and not in a good way. I think I need to just get on some medication for it finally, but every time I get any kind of prescription from the pharmacy (which isn't often, thankfully), the pharmacists can never seem to tell me if the meds are gluten free or not so I end up being too scared to take it.

Anyone know if antidepressants are gluten free? (I assume that's what they would prescribe for PMDD.) I would guess they are gluten-free... but I would guess that a lot of things are that turn out not to be.

Thanks in advance.


I've been struggling mid-cycle lately. I am Hashis - and we're working on it, but this mid cycle thing feels hormonal - because it has happened days 9-18 for 3 months.

And it is horrid. I feel like I'm having a thyroid flare - and maybe my thyroid is going a bit nuts, but oh man, it's somehow linked to my cycles.

I am currently on progesterone the last 2 weeks of my cycle - when I generally feel better. We are considering extending it to full cycle but lower dose the first half.

So, if you haven't had your thyroid worked up, and hormones...these may be factors.
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Posted 05 May 2013 - 10:28 PM

I was speaking only about prescription and OTC meds. A lot of foods and herbals do have barley or oats but I haven't encountered either of those in meds except perhaps something prescribed by a naturopath or in supplements.

 

With prescriptions and OTC I simply say that in addition to celiac and needing gluten free I also have a wheat allergy and I need to know for sure that the starch and fillers are not wheat derived. I'm annoying like that. :lol: Drugs and foods are two whole different ballgames we deal with.


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