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Christiana

I have a terrible time, with an increase in my symptoms, for about 7-10 days, around my menstrual cycle.

 

I read where evening primrose oil can help with PMS type symptoms.

 

Have any of you ladies here tried it? If so, how much have you taken and for how long? What has your reaction been?

 

Have you taken anything that helps? If so, what, how much, and for how long?

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Gem

I took evening oil of primrose before withdrawal, for PMS and have continued with it during withdrawal. I think it does make a difference.

 

PMS made things a lot worse for me in earlier withdrawal, but this has improved a lot and doesn't affect it so badly now.

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Tashimoto

Hi all,

This is not my recovery story, but rather the story of someone I came across at the following url. I hope of it will be of interest here.

 

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Depression/Primrose-Oil-for-Depression/show/1177521

 

I've tried prescription anti-depressants years ago...and they barely did anything. If anything it was worse..because #1 they'd take about a week to start working.. and during that week, I personally felt worse / more ragey than before...but eventually it helped some. #2 , I had enormous food cravings. #3 very weird, electric like feeling in my head when trying to withdraw off the stuff. That alone was enough for me to never try the stuff again.

 

But time and time again, whenever I ever have occasional bouts of depression...and even severe depression. Primrose Oil has worked like a godsend. I even told my sister to try it , and she couldn't believe it either. Whenever i'm very irritable , angry , depressed , anxious.. I take a 1000 MG's of Primrose Oil a day...and ALL OF THAT goes away. I feel soooo calm and relaxed everyday after. It only takes a day or 2 to start working. and by the 3rd day, you'll definitely notice it.

 

Amazing natural drug this is. I'm 35 now and first tried it when I was like 22. I dont know WHY this drug doesn't get more national attention ? I've tried St. John Wort numerous times... everybody says thats suppose to be the #1 natural / herbal pill for depression. But its NEVER worked for me.

 

Evening Primrose Oil works in an amazing fashion for me. EVERY single time. I had a really bad bout last week... starting taking Primrose Oil, and I completely changed around for the better almost instantly Would love to hear other peoples thoughts on this. Even 500 MG's a day is nice too. But 1000 MG's a day, you'll definitely notice it.

I'm a guy too.... so I remember reading online that this is mostly for women...to help with their PMS symptoms or whatever. But it is for soo much more.

The anti-depressing effects are amazing and soo smooth. No side effects at all.

thank god for primrose oil.

 

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NoMeaning25

My surgeon told me to start taking these in high dosages. I went and bought a bottle of good quality oil, but now im scared to take it. Will it be ok for me to take? 

 

Alto do you perhaps know?

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cymbaltawithdrawal5600

If you use the search function on this site you will find several members who mention taking this. You can also use Google. Ultimately it is up to you. As with all supplements, you should start at low doses at first.

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NoMeaning25

I see the bottle i bought has 90 capsules and each capsule contains 1300mg oil. Is this too much to start off with?

 

Anyone know? I would appreciate any help

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suke

I have finally made it out of withdrawal after a year.  I found I was still experiencing "depression" (I put it in quotes because I'm not sure what the word means anymore) so I starting researching supplements.  I found write-ups from people who had good results with Primrose Oil.  I researched for the best brand to give it a try.  Based on what I read, 1000mg daily was a good start.  I started taking them and began to feel better within days.  Since I take several supplements and three prescriptions I fill a pill box for a two week period.  I forgot to put the Primrose Oil pills in the box and within a week I could see the difference in my mood.  I got depressed again.  I swear by these little pills.  I now take two 500mg pills in the morning and two in the evening.  I chose Solgar and I get them from Amazon.  I don't think you have anything to worry about because they are natural and are plant based.  Believe me I don't put anything into my system anymore without thorough research.  Give it a try!

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suke

I take medication for diabetes, thyroid and high blood pressure.  The other supplements I take are COQ10, fish oil, and calcium.  The Primrose Oil has been a God send.

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Jemima

I took a 500 mg. gelcap daily of Evening Primrose Oil for a few months, and it didn't seem to help or hurt.  I no longer take it, but I may try again because my "recovery" seems to be rather fragile.

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Altostrata

Olivia, why did your surgeon recommend evening primrose oil?

 

I merged the evening primrose oil topics to keep the wisdom in one place.

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NoMeaning25

Thanks Alto

 

He said i have fibrocystic breasts and evening primrose oil helps with that and to balance my hormones out.

 

Is 1300mg at a time too much?

 

 

Olivia, why did your surgeon recommend evening primrose oil?

 

I merged the evening primrose oil topics to keep the wisdom in one place.

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Jemima

 

Thanks Alto

 

He said i have fibrocystic breasts and evening primrose oil helps with that and to balance my hormones out.

 

Is 1300mg at a time too much?

 

 

Olivia, why did your surgeon recommend evening primrose oil?

 

I merged the evening primrose oil topics to keep the wisdom in one place.

 

 

As with any new drug or supplement, I'd recommend taking the smallest possible dose at first to see if you have any adverse reactions. To the best of my knowledge, the smallest dose available as a capsule is 500 mg., but I believe it also comes in liquid form so you could try a small dose for a few days and then increase it if there are no problems. There are many brands offered on Amazon, so you might want to browse those before buying anything. 

 

I started taking 500 mg. twice a day since yesterday because Melatonin (a hormone involved with sleeping) seemed to be giving me some early morning depression, and I felt better within half an hour or so. (Of course, what I really need to do is get off the Melatonin and other things I've used for sleep so I don't need to counteract side effects with another pill.)

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Nadia

Apparently there is not much scientific evidence for EPO working for PMS (you can read a review by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine here), but there seems to be plenty anecdotal evidence that it works for some women. Considering it's harmless for most people (they warn not to take it if you are taking blood thinners), I think it is worth trying!

I have read in the past that gamma-linolenic acid, the fatty acid thought to be of benefit in EPO, is one of the only Omega 6 fatty acids that helps reduce inflammation. I've taken it in the past for acne and didn't notice any difference, but will try it again for PMS and report back.

Another thing I've tried for PMS is vitex agnus castus. For some months it seemed to really work, but not this month. Also, it apparently increases your dopamine production, so that sometimes scares me. One thing it definitely does is lengthen my menstrual cycle. With perimenopause my cycle was down to about 25 days, and now it's up to 27 to 29 or even 30 days (when I was younger, my cycle was 30 to 33 days).

I've definitely noticed that I tend to get "waves" of withdrawal symptoms near the end of my cycle, so trying to level my hormones has become a priority.

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Meimeiquest

I take it as part of an over-arching protocol. Don't know what part it has played in that protocol working, which it has. My docs believe (whether true I can't say) that some people have a disorder where they are often intolerant of omega-3's and need more omega-6's. I read somewhere else that these people can't make omega-6's properly out of omega-3's. I eat salmon and it doesn't bother me, so I sort of lean toward the second opinion, but don't really know. I was told to take 1000-1300mg/day. What is really odd is that they believe it is most common in people of Swedish descent, Irish being #2, and there are all those cold-water fish near Sweden. I am supposedly half-Swedish, both parents, and also Scotch Irish (although that's not really Irish).

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FarmGirlWorks

This is thread hasn't had any action in a few years but I want to put in my two cents about Evening Primrose Oil (EPO). Started using 1300mg morning and night 3 weeks ago and have seen a huge difference in low moods, in that they seem to be gone or greatly diminished. I am on day 25 or so of my cycle and no suicidal dips in mood. I even had a stressful event for 48 hours regarding the bio-father and even though I was worried did not go as far down the rabbithole as I would have just months ago. Wonder how different it would have been if I had started taking this last year... but I was so afraid of any supplementation. Such a horrible, horrible time. Now I feel tentatively resilient rather than eggshell fragile.

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Cathy4

Hi,

Has anyone experienced an adverse reaction to Primrose Oil?  I had awful awful symptoms about a week before my last period—it was almost as if I had cold-turkeyed from xanax all over again.  
 

So I’m looking to bolster my defenses this time around when all those hormones are dumped into my system.  
Can anyone recommend a certain brand or dosage that would be good to start with? 
 

Thanks so much,

Cathy

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Erell

Hi dear survivors 

 

I think I'll give a try To Evening Primrose oil because of hard dépression during PMS. 

I think i'll start with 250mg and see what happen. (If anyone has a clue about how low this dose is To start, I'll be happy To hear ;)

 

 

@Cathy4 : Have you tried since your last post ?

 

Wish you all the best 

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Cathy4
56 minutes ago, Erell said:

 

I think I'll give a try To Evening Primrose oil because of hard dépression during PMS

Hi Erell, 

 

I did take one tablet of 500mg (that was the lowest dosage I could find at the market I went to), but I haven’t continued with it to know whether it will help or not.  (This is because I’m in a bad wave right now and fearful to add anything in). 
 

My guess is 250mg would be a good low dose to start with.  Once I feel a little better, I’ll try it again and report back.  
Best of luck,

Cathy

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Erell

I start today with 250mg, I'll let you know how it goes 🤗

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Cathy4
On 12/4/2019 at 3:14 AM, Erell said:

I start today with 250mg, I'll let you know how it goes 🤗

Hi Erell, 

Yes, please do!!!  I think maybe I should’ve started it a couple weeks ago because my symptoms have been totally intensified the last week due to the hormonal shifts.  Really unbearable.  I’m essentially non-functional a week before my period right now.  I hope it gives you some relief.  
Cathy

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Onmyway
On 12/4/2019 at 11:14 AM, Erell said:

I start today with 250mg, I'll let you know how it goes 🤗

Hi @Erell, any news on this one?

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Erell

@Onmyway @Cathy4

 

Hi,

So this week I took :

- 250mg during two days

- then 500mg during two days

- Yesterday I took 750mg.

 

Honestly I can't tell you if it has an effect or not : what is sure is that I didn't have an adverse reaction To it.

My mood has improved this week but it is always the case after my periods, so I can't tell if evening primrose oil did something. 

It may take longer and an entire cycle for me To tell you if I noticed something or not. 

 

Best wishes 

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Cathy4

@Erell
Thanks for the update, Erell.

 

That makes sense.  Perhaps I’ll slowly work it in this month as well, and see if anything improves by next month.  
Cathy

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Erell

Let's keep in touch 😙

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Cathy4
11 hours ago, Erell said:

Let's keep in touch

Sounds great, Erell.  We need all the support we can get!  😊

Cathy

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delsol

I am so glad to see this topic so recently updated on here. First of all, it's great to see that some people are getting benefit from EPO. I stumbled onto this thread accidentally but serendipitously; please keep updating it with any EPO experiences. Based on recent posts, it seems it wouldn't hurt for me to give it a try.

 

I am in my late 40s and sooooooo desperate to get help with my perimenopausal symptoms. Yet I've been afraid to supplement with anything, due to so many people getting further imbalanced during withdrawal nightmares. My mom swore by EPO while I was growing up and has been telling me to try it, now that it's "my turn" for hormonal shifts; she never took antidepressants and refused any prescription-based help for her hormones.

 

I just took my last dose of nortriptyline less than 3 weeks ago... And was on ADs way before nearing menopause, so I don't know how much of what I'm going through is "normal" for my age and how much has been aggravated by withdrawal. My periods are erratic (totally normal for my age), but I feel like the anxiety spikes are out of control during hormonal cascades. My guess is that ADs really messed this up for me.

 

Anyway, please keep the feedback on EPO coming. I'll be watching this thread and will post any expriences of my own, if I decide to try EPO myself.

 

 

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Cathy4
3 hours ago, delsol said:

Anyway, please keep the feedback on EPO coming. I'll be watching this thread and will post any expriences of my own, if I decide to try EPO myself.

Hi Delsol, 

 

Definitely will do.  I just recently took the plunge and started 500mg EPO a day, but it’s too early to tell anything.  My last two premenstrual episodes have totally ramped up withdrawal symptoms, so even though I was really afraid to add anything in, I finally decided to.  
 

Congrats on taking your last dose of nortriptyline a few weeks ago.  I’m hoping I get there will the sertraline someday.  
 

Cathy

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delsol

Thank you!  I am losing my mind for sure, with stopping my last psych med recently. I feel as if the synapses of my deep brain are just absent and cannot connect with one another to tell me I am safe in my body and grounded in myself. Hormonal shifts make it worse.

 

I see that you have also been on psych meds since the '90s, like myself. I am glad to see there are several of us on here who have had such long-term AD experiences. Well, I am not *glad* for our sakes that we took ADs, but I am glad we're not the only ones 😑 .

11 hours ago, Cathy4 said:

Hi Delsol, 

 

Definitely will do.  I just recently took the plunge and started 500mg EPO a day, but it’s too early to tell anything.  My last two premenstrual episodes have totally ramped up withdrawal symptoms, so even though I was really afraid to add anything in, I finally decided to.  
 

Congrats on taking your last dose of nortriptyline a few weeks ago.  I’m hoping I get there will the sertraline someday.  
 

Cathy

 

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Cathy4
8 minutes ago, delsol said:

I feel as if the synapses of my deep brain are just absent and cannot connect with one another to tell me I am safe in my body and grounded in myself. Hormonal shifts make it worse.

Yes, @delsol

Rest assured I am feeling very similar.  There’s that basic feeling of safety that I rarely (if at all?) felt since my too-rapid taper from zoloft and since CTing the xanax.  I think that it’s just going to take some time, and that our brains are working to figure things out without medication (in your case) and a lower dosage (in my case).  
 

I’m working to develop any tools/strategies I can to calm myself.  I agree, it’s quite a challenging time.  I try and remind myself when the symptoms arise that it’s a result of the drugs, it isn’t me, and that my brain/body are healing.  
Cathy

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