Review: could Mirena cause Irritability?
Summary: Irritability is found among people who take Mirena, especially for people who are female, 30-39 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Levothyroxine sodium, and have Birth control.
We study 62,587 people who have side effects while taking Mirena from FDA and social media. Among them, 283 have Irritability. Find out below who they are, when they have Irritability and more.
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Mirena has active ingredients of levonorgestrel. It is often used in birth control. (latest outcomes from 62,945 Mirena users)
Irritability has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, pain, stress and anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest reports from 23,552 Irritability patients)
On Jan, 29, 2015: 62,587 people reported to have side effects when taking Mirena. Among them, 283 people (0.45%) have Irritability.
Time on Mirena when people have Irritability * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
Age of people who have Irritability when taking Mirena * :
Severity of Irritability when taking Mirena ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
How people recovered from Irritability ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Contraception (173 people, 61.13%)
- Menorrhagia (14 people, 4.95%)
- Thyroidectomy (6 people, 2.12%)
- Endometriosis (4 people, 1.41%)
- Depression (4 people, 1.41%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Levothyroxine sodium (7 people, 2.47%)
- Lexapro (4 people, 1.41%)
- Seroquel (4 people, 1.41%)
- Bepantol (3 people, 1.06%)
- Lamictal (3 people, 1.06%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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- How do i at least try to get the psychiatrist doing my follow up assessment to consider the possibility that the mirena iud was the cause of the acute psychosis i experienced?
I had a Mirena IUD inserted on December 9th. Insertion was fine (but I think I have a pretty high tolerance for pain); but things started going downhill fast. On December 15th I had a blackout drunken episode and in January I had two puffs of a marijuna joint and believe I went briefly Psycotic. I've tried marijuna at most maybe 10 times in my life and aside from once in Amsterdam over 10-years ago (where I likely had more than I should have); I get nothing out of it, don't see what the point is (aside from the possibility maybe I'll realize what all the fuss is about and I might eventually find it relaxing? Thus the ~9 other lifetime attemts.
I just attributed both of these events to bad behaviour and too much alcohol (blackout drunkeness is not new to me, nor are mental health issues). But things have been very stressful in my life, as owing to my personality and upbrining I am just an anxious person and I have some stress management issues. I like to think this is relatively normal human behavior and not means for locking me up and lecturing me for getting someone to buy me a $10 phone card when the call was worth over $100 and I likely make more money than any of the nurses that are working in the psych ward. But alas I have been labelled bi-polar and someone with mental healt issues so I must be both (a) an excessive spender and financially irresponsible and (b) paranoid and dellusional when I believe I have a well paying job (sorry small rant break...)
Anyway starting ~early-mid January I started waking up really early. Not a big deal for a few weeks and I am generally a 'bad' sleeper but generally that manifests itself in having a hard time falling asleep, not staying asleep until the morning. I kept waking up earlier and earlier and sleeping less each night, this early waking up (at first 5am, then 4am and in the last few days before I was locked up, more like midnight after ~1 hr of sleep) happened to a much lesser extreme in 2011 with my first real noticable experience with 'elevated states' of mental health; it was terrifying then because I didn't understand if I was going crazy or just making stuff up in my head (to get attention? I don't know, but I don't have the most consience ingrained 3-meals/day eating habbits at the best of times and after long enough with no sleep I no longer feel hungry and I have to consciencely remember that I should eat and I think I've gone days without food in these states. Eventually in 2011 after too long with not enough sleep (and feeling wired, but not generally exhausted) and after consulation with various phone crisis lines I took myself into the ER to get checked out. I came with a binder of notes regarding my mental health history (mostly self observed and not in my medical files anywhere except for the 2008 ER visit and subsequent 'mild depression' diagnosis) and they were great because they listened to me and did not discount everything I was saying just because I have mental health issues. They also were not willing to provide any official diagnosis, even after a number of follow up sessions. I also very much appreciated this because I don't believe there is a whole lot of value to mental health diagnosis aside from necessairy critical assessments and short term action plans; however I don't know (or don't believe owing to my experiences and general 'normailized' cynical outlook on life?)
I was referred elsewhere for official assessment and subsequently my diagnosis of mild depression and drug regime of antidepressants changed to a bi-polar II dignosis coupled by a doctor who provided 'drug therapy' in the form of lithium and some other mood booster; regular blood tests and monthly lectures wrt if I was aware smoking was an unhealthy activity (yes I have mental health issues, but that does not mean I am stupid nor illeterate; I believe the knowledge that smoking is not healthy has been generally widly accepted as truth long before I was born. i don't actually smoke becuase I think it's the healthiest thing I could ever do for myself!!!). I was either told (or it was just the message I received from the experience?) that I basically had to be on lithium for life, there was no better alternative. This doctor diagnosed me based on the ER medical records; he diagnosed me without even ever talking to me and he never bothered to consider any other options and/or assessments. I am bi-polar II, I am no longer normal or human or really a valuable memeber of society, I need to be drugged so I don't become even more of a problem to society.
I don't think lithium ever did anything for me, I don't think it did anything to me aside from confusing me and allowing me not to have any confidence in myself and my own ability to manage my health or that the meditation/sun lamp therapy/CBT and other various techniques I started were of any value. I do believe that the antidepressants helped me; but I'm not sure if it was the actual drug or just the placebo effect that gave me hope and allowed me to pull through a 9-month period that made me believe that I really wasn't a valuable memeber of society. But if that's the message I have I don't see why I would stick around in society and waste everybody's time just to be a worthless druggie. I don't see why it's such a horrific thing that I've done, smoking pot ~10 times in my life and using alcohol and ciggarettes to self medicate; these are terrible things that I've done I should stop all of this and become a worthless, lesser version of myself and a prescription-druggie. If it comes in a bottle at the drug store, then it's definitly 'good' drugs?
Anyway, I was definitly not in a good place mentally but I stayed at home riding it out (using non-mental health help lines to benchmark my physical condition; which I've given some stress with no sleeping and little eating and generally just being stressed out). I've been making decisions on which is the best of all my bad options with a timeframe that kept shrinking (e.g. warm bath is good because it calms me down, but it's bad because heat is problematic and makes the rashes worse which will add at least a little anxiety for a few hours after the bath; wine makes me a little less anxious so I'll drink it when in this state; but I can't afford not to be aware so I can't get drunk so I drink it slowly, maybe I'll have a small buzz on, maybe a little drunk enough to allow myself to go to bed and help me fall asleep - yes, not ideal but how is this better than being on the drugs they kept feeding me in the psych ward that after the first (maybe second?) night that they did help me sleep at night I felt nasuated, confused, dull and stupid? Why is it ok for other people to drink way more than me and have worse hangovers for the next day but I should get the message that I should never drink alcohol but I should always feel worse than horribly hungover so I don't ever cry, snap at someone too loudly again because I might hurt someone's feelings?
I was planning to go to the ER if that's what my friends and family doctor wanted me to do, owing to my state. I already know I can manage this better and I already know at that point none of the 'professional's' are likely to believe anything I say so I doubt anyone will pay heed to my suggestions that this IUD had any effect? I was admitted to the psych ward but unfortunatly my timing was terrible - it was march break, a lot of the psychiatrists were off skiing so no one could give me any clear indication of when, if ever I would be assessed. I saw the last 30 years flash before my eyes and I can see all of the terrible ways I've been treating myself, I also now believe I was likely sexually assulted by my peditrition (which might explain some of my angst wrt doctors and hospitals and the terror of being locked up in one?) but they told me I was not a good candidate for one on one therapy. I'm posting this annonynously but it's not really something I want to start looking at in detail in a group therapy setting, is that crazy? I'm worried I will be given yet another diagnosis and told I need to take drugs; which will likely make my short term disability claim be denied (as I don't intend to comply with this action plan), and I can't find much on the internet aside from personal experiences individuals have posted wrt the Mirena IUD and psyhcosis so I can't imagine the phychatrist will be interested in listening to my opinion.
Do I need to go back to school for 8-years and get a PhD in psychatry before anyone will believe I am 'qualified' to assess what I know of myself, given that I am the only one who might have a hope of understanding exactly what has happened in the last 30+ years? Can anyone help me in my fight to be myself rather than a prescription-druggie duller and much less interested version of myself that I know I don't like?
- I have the mirena now for 2 months, when the mirena was inserted i started having acne after the 1st month and it just gets more., does some one know if the acne would go away and what should i use. (1 answer)
My face and shoulders started acne and hurts what can i do to treat them, i have the mirena inserted 2 months ago and does it go away in time.
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Okay, I will get one thing straight, I DO love my IUD. Luckily I'm one of the ones where it doesn't fall out of me or migrate. It stays put and does it's job.
I know there have been endless reports of symptoms. I will admit, I have a few of the more common ones, such as false pregnancy symptoms, or cysts, but recently, a new symptom has developed.
I've had my IUD for just a little over a year now and a few months ago, I had a horrible paranoia and anxiety attack. Let me give some examples in what I mean.
When I'm feeling "normal", I don't really care what my S.O does in his spare time because I DO trust him and I know deep down that he's faithful. Every other month, it seems that my hormones act up and I go into panic fits when bad thoughts come to mind and I misinterpret almost everything he says and think that he's now suddenly against me and I freak out.
I know many people are probably thinking that I'm just having trust issues, I'm really not, let me explain more. He can say the same things one day, and I wouldn't care, and the week (yes, my paranoia seems to last a week or two) I'm anxious, he can say the same thing and I'll panic to the point of passing out. And it's not just him, this goes for my friends, or coworkers. I begin to think that they're all changing when in reality, it's me that's acting different. Again, it's not immature trust issues, I got bad paranoia. I couldn't eat, I couldn't focus. I only focused on the bad and made up thoughts in my head of being left by him or betrayed by my friends, I would get very dizzy and shaky with my muscles aching. My pulse would be calm for a bit and then it would shoot back up as I got panic attacks.
Luckily my S.O is patient with me and helps me through it, but the first time this happened, it scared me beyond belief. After my paranoia stopped, I reflected on that week and thought "My God, did I seriously freak out over that??" it seems to happen a bit before my period or after.
Let me also say that I've been on the pill for years and none of this happened. It all started around a year of having Mirena and I've looked up that paranoia is a VERY possible side effect. I will say it HAS frustrated me because every time it stirs up a paranoia episode, I feel like a child being backed into a corner with my anxiety. Again, I still know and trust my S.O and friends, but the paranoia fogs my mind and hijacks my emotions to where a simple text that usually means nothing to me, makes me panic, "Omg!! omg!! Why are they texting them?! Why did they say that to me?!! It's not normal!!". If my real personality could jump out during the episodes, I would be smacking myself silly.
I use Mirena as a birth control, but if this keeps up, I may abandon it ASAP but I have to find another solution, so whenever my S.O is able to get a vasectomy, I'm probably getting this IUD removed. Again, it does a good job, but it's getting to the point where these horrible panic attacks aren't worth it.
I'd like to know if anyone else has had similar paranoia or anxiety attacks when having Mirena.
- Yaz was the cause of increasing my pmdd, pms, irritability and depression symptoms
I had taken Ortho Novum 777 from the age of 18 to 28 stopping in-between pregnancies. I had 3 children between the ages of 21 and 29.
In my early 30's I decided to stop taking birth control pills simply because I 'thought' it would be a healthier thing to do for my body. I did know that unless I was taking Ortho Novum that my period were not the standard 28 day routine. They were irregular and would be anywhere from 28 to 38 days. The longer the time in between periods the worse the pms symptoms would be. My theory is most likely because of the extended time between when I perceived a period and when I actually got it. It could very well have been psychosomatic but when my period would finally arrive, irritability and bloating would subside within a day or two. It was like a reset button and relief. I was calmer, more rational, even Kiel and motivated.
In addition to the irregular pattern of my periods when off if birth control pills I also experienced pms twice a month. It would happen mid month when I was ovulating. The ovulation would be uncomfortable, I'd feel bloated again, and the cramps were painful. I'd move from ovulation week of irritability to PMS week of even greater irritability. I'd be waiting and counting down til my period was suppose to happen in anticipation of relief.
I remember age 32 being significant for some reason. Upon reflecting back over the years while seeking treatment for a solution out of the psyco cycle I remember referring to age 32 as the year that things were never the same as they were in my 20's.
Mid 30's I had asked my ob/gyn if I could go back on the Ortho Novum 777. I was told that I was too old. This was early 2000's, 2003 or 2004. I was given a different birth control pill that he recommended and I tried that for a while but it wasn't making things better and I don't remember the exact details. I tried bio identical hormones... That wasn't really helpful either, it was more work and a long process that I stuck with for at least a year trying to get the formula right. I finally threw the towel in on that.
Then a different ob/gyn suggested I try progesterone only. He prescribed a pink round ball of a pill. I was to take it the last 10 days of the month. I tried that for 3 or 4 months, it wasn't making things better... in fact I think it made it worse. Then I went cold turkey again for the better part of a year. At age 37, after not finding a doctor that was helping the situation I decided to find a doctor in AZ. I live full time in CA but had a vacation home in AZ so I thought I'd try that for a change.
I did find a doctor and she prescribed yaz 24 day. She said it should help me as it has helped many other women. I took the yaz for a little better than a year and psychologically I thought I had a winner! This doctor sounded like she knew my problems and that this was the solution. Alas it was not. I remember feeling the most depressed is ever felt. I didn't think it had anything to do with the yaz, I figured it was just life. When I returned to that doctor after a year I explained my situation. She then recommended that I get an ablation!?! I was never a heavy bleeder and it makes no sense to have that done, but she sold me on the idea that it would help my problem. I realize now she was doing exactly that, selling. I'm sure it was a nice payment from the insurance company.
None of my issues were solved. I had stopped taking the yaz or any birth control at that point. My period were non existent after boiling my uterus in boiling water, which is what the ablation is. And to this day my period is hardly worth talking about or being prepared for. It's spotting for a couple 3 days at best. With regard to my symptoms, the pms, pmdd, extreme irritability, depression all that stayed the same. I tried Seasonal for about 2 months and that was not good, it seemed to 'amp' the 'hot' - not physically hot but an irritable term I use to describe the upped level my nerves set at.
I did exercise pretty regularly during all if this. The times I wasn't exercising were over the top as far as pmdd symptoms so that motivates you to get your rear to the gym. On the Yaz 24 day I knew something wasn't right. At day 14 I'd feel the symptoms if ovulation, not imagined but real. I was slightly irritable and had cramps for 2 to 3 days. At day 17, a Wednesday the irritability would ramp up and the depression would start to be present for the next 2 weeks.
The following Wednesday was day 24, that was the last day of taking the pill. I did get a bit of relief after stopping the pill and 4 days later I resumed taking the next months pack on Sunday. The thing is I wouldn't get my period until Tuesday after I started the new pack? I know that my period should have happened between day 24 and 28 but it never did. It always started on day 31 or 32 and lasted 2 to 3 days. Then the whole cycle begins again with day 14.
On Yaz 24
Day 1 Sunday
Day 3 or 4 Tuesday and my period would start.
Day 5 or 6 my period ended
Day 14 - Day 17 ovulation type cramping
Day 17 irritability started ramping up into PMS, PMDD & Depression
Symptoms were worse without exercise by at least 40%
Day 24 Wednesday, last day of Yaz pack for the month
Day 25 slight mood improvement
Day 30-31 (same as Day 3/4above) period would start
The ob/gyn expertise wasn't working, male or female. I went to my regular general practitioner for a check up and had done much research on the type of hormones in the Yaz, Yasmin and many others. I was convinced that I need to move over to Yasmin 21 day. It had a but more estrogen and it was only 21 instead of 24 days so worth a try.
She asked me when the last time I felt 'normal' with regard to the hormones. I told her that as far as I can recall it was when I was in my 20's when I was taking the Ortho Novum 777. She said why don't we have you start taking that again! I was like, what? I explained I was told I could not take that because of my age and I thought some doctor had told me it had been discontinued years ago anyway. She said no, I can prescribe it to you, it's still available. I was a little excited about that. Maybe... just maybe that would be a solution for relief. My blood pressure is 100/70 always has been low, I don't smoke and I'm 5' 8", 150 pounds. She saw no reason for me not to try it again. We agreed that I would and if it didn't go well we'd try the Yasmin.
I've been in the Ortho Novum, my package and brand saying Alyacen 7/7/7 for 3 weeks now. Today is Sunday and I stop taking active pills for 7 days now. At day 7 or so I noticed how much easier it was becoming to get out of bed in the morning. I began noticing I had an interest in getting something done. I didn't have a big heavy cloud urging me to just stay in bed. I started feeling alive again.
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Side note, I am a Type A personality. I am under a lot of stress running my own business often. I am a mother of 3 and a very capable woman. Watch out world if I'm back like my 20's nothing will stop me. I'm positive, excited and thankful for this moment.
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Had Mirena exactly three years; had it removed today after suffering extreme bouts of anger, irritability, depression, hopelessness and desperately wanting to die. I've never been suicidal until this past six months. I'm not taking any other medications, and after reading about the experiences of others, I realized these awful symptoms may very well be due to the Mirena IUD.
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