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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I recently ran out of my medicine(vyvanse), I was off of it for a week b/c my doctor was on leave. I am also taking an anti-depresant (zoloft) I continiued to take that. My question is how much of an effect does being off of my meds have on my cycle being late?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   may i know your age ?
User :   yes 31
Doctor :   ok , since how long have you been on these medicines?
User :   for about 3 years but I have been taking anti depression meds for as long as I can remember and i took rittelan starting in grade school and I stoped taking it in high school
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   are you there?
Doctor :   may i ask you further relevant questions to help you better?
User :   my consern is that I might be pregnant, I have two children already and I just dont want a third. My husband and I dont have sex that much and the one time I give in to his need this is what happend
User :   yes sorry it takes me so long to type
Doctor :   that is fine , not at all a problem
Doctor :   take your time to type
Doctor :   may i know when was the last intercourse?
User :   let me check
Doctor :   ok
User :   i believe it was the 19 of march and I was supposed to start on the 23
Doctor :   ok , have your cycles been regular previously?
User :   sometimes maybe a day late but never this long
Doctor :   ok , may i know if you are on any pills or follow other contraceptive methods?
User :   no i am not taking any contraceptives. I try to practice abstnace1
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   apart from the medicines you mentioned , are you on any other medications for any other reasons?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok , let me summarize my sugestions
Doctor :   the medications you have been taking are not likely to alter the cycles , they will not delay them or pre pone them
Doctor :   coming to chances of pregnancy, since the time of intercourse was on 19 march and you were expecting cycles on 23
User :   what if it was on the 12 of march
Doctor :   i feel since your cycles are regular from before , this lies with in the safe period where one does not have much chances of pregnancy
Doctor :   if it was on 12th , yes, there are possibilities of getting pregnant
User :   i've taken 4 test and 3 out ot the 4 were positive
Doctor :   but , i would also want to tell you that this delay could also be normal
Doctor :   ok, when did you do the test?
User :   I did one last night and the other 3 today
Doctor :   what was the result of the last one you did
User :   positive and I did that one about an hour ago
Doctor :   ok , since the test results are positive for a pregnancy ,you must see the doctor soon as you wish to terminate the pregnancy
Doctor :   we need to further confirm the same with an ultrasound scan .
User :   the second one I did about noon, the third 1;30
Doctor :   if scan suggests a pregnancy , then need to take steps
Doctor :   without the scan , we cannot conclude anything
User :   so I have to wait untill Monday to find out for sure?
Doctor :   do you have symptoms of nausea, frequent urination, breast tenderness, etc?
User :   No!
Doctor :   the drugs you are on , will not cause any hormonal changes to alter the test
Doctor :   hence I advise you to go for the scan and aan examination.
Doctor :   since Urine pregnancy test is positive 3 times, we will have to think of pregnancy
User :   so the meds have no hormal effect of any kind eventhough I just started back on my vyvanse yesterday afternoon
Doctor :   no , it is not known to causes any hormonal changes
Doctor :   i would suggest you to take steps soon
User :   ok so if im pregnant what do they do if i dont want to be prgnant anymore
Doctor :   they will advise for an abortion , by medicines or by procedures like suction , etc
Doctor :   vaginal tablets and oral as well
User :   will they make me sick
User :   and will it effect my medicine now
Doctor :   no , do not worry, first confirm the pregnancy by scan
Doctor :   you may have to take the opinion of the psychiatrist as well along with your gynecologist before going into the procedure
User :   I hate not knowing this is driving me crazy! Does it make me a bad person not to have this pregnancy
User :   I see a psychiatrist on a weekely bases
Doctor :   no , since you did not do anything intentional , you will not be a bad person
Doctor :   you may have to see the gyne first
Doctor :   if pregnancy is confirmed only, you need to act next
User :   Thank you very much for your time and easing my mind. Thank you
Doctor :   pleasure here
Doctor :   i hope i answered all your questions.
Doctor :   are there any more questions for me?
User :   yes you did Bless you. Dont work to hard. thanks again
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me .
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