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Can oral progesterone cause increased anxiety when first

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Can oral progesterone cause increased anxiety when first starting
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  rx_lauren replied 11 months ago.

Hi there. Yes, this is a possibility. Typically, progesterone will cause a decrease in anxiety. However, that also means that as your body is adjusting to the medication (when you first start taking it as you mentioned), you can possibly see an increase in anxiety. Everyone is different. As long as it isn't overwhelming, your body should start to adjust and you will see a decrease as this improves. However, if the anxiety is overwhelming and/or you are concerned, you should contact your doctor. Good luck!

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I have a history of withdrawing from benzodiazapines which I understand work on the same receptor. Is there a chance of problems because of this?
Expert:  rx_lauren replied 11 months ago.

You are correct that they work on the same receptor. If you are currently not taking benzodiazepines, you can safely take the progesterone as long as your doctor is aware. (You can take them together, but dosages may have to be adjusted.) I would be sure they are aware of the benzodiazepine withdraw if he/she is not already. You should be sure that you taper off the progesterone, again, with your doctor's advice. Thank you!

Expert:  rx_lauren replied 11 months ago.

Is there anything else I can help you with? Thank you!