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Hello ladies

I'm after some advice

I have been on 5 different hrt pills since July 2015 after suddenly getting severe not flushes out of the blue

All the hrt pills caused me severe headaches so the doctor gave me a anti depressant called venlaflaxine I took 1 and felt so bad with every side effect you could think of so I stopped

The doctor recommended I break the poll ion half

But I'm really dubous about taking them as I've read they're very addictive

I'm so fed up with flushes now I've been taking flaxseed, vit D and a herbal pill for menopsuse but nothing helping

Is any one taking anti dep for menopause ?

Have they helped?

What are your views ?

Thanks

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    Venlaflaxine is not well tolerated by some women. It literally knocked me out. It is not addictive as you say, it is used for several purposes, breast cancer, depression and hormonal issues. Try half a pill if you were able to tolerate it, if not buy some Macca. How are you taking the flax seed? I would make a drink from flax seeds that would reduce the hot flushes.
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    Hi Rose

    A lot of women on here recommend high strength sage pills for hot flushes.

    Might be worth a try x

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    Michelle is right, buy some Sage it does work.
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      rose, having been going round in circles with this whole thing, the supplements the herbs, trying this and that, I have finally come to the conclusion that nothing except hormone replacement will get me through.  I will be starting the patches, because unless you are able to sit this out at home, i'm finding that I can only function some days and other days just can't.  You said you've tried different hrt in pill form, maybe patches will suit you?

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    That's the first thing my GP offered! I told him, 'if you felt as physically wrecked as this YOU'D BE DEPRESSED! Cure the problem, not it's side effects.

    A good quality sage supplement does it for me. But I think you have to change around sometimes as things become less effective. Vits D3, K2 and magnesium are very good too, as is flax. I take it as flax seed, freshly ground, on my porridge every morning. I don't over-do the grinding, that way some seed goes 'straight through' and helps keep you 'regular'. It must be fresh - the last thing you want is rancid oil - of ANY description.

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    Am on diazipam it helps immensely but just short term..it is addictive but u need to control yourself an i was also told about depressants but refuse to take dem as what we r going through is playing wit our minds..b strong
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    Hi I have just been put on Cilift anti depressant for peri menopause symptoms but it takes 3-4 weeks to work I started on a 1/4 pill for first week now on half to lesson side effects which are nt so nice.... going to push through cause all say it'll make a huge difference...

    They nt addicted but you can never just stop them need to wean yourself off slowly after 6 or 12 months.... I'm seeing gynae mondy to hear what else I can use.... good luck

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    Hi Rose. many ladies on here say fluoxetine is a good ad for helping to soften the symptoms of meno. I also have a friend in her 50's who says it really helps her meno symptoms. much less harsh than venlafaxine. i took it years ago - it made me sweat profusely but was good for anxiety. I was taken off it as some bad reports came out about it causing strokes & heart attacks & was switched to another ad. i am currently on escitalopram which controls my anxiety & depression on the whole well, but didnt help my peri symptoms when they came & i have been on hrt since april (which has helped greatly.) if i ever needed to change ad's for whatever reason in the future, i would have no hesitation trying fluoxetine. xx

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      i am on oestrogel 1 pump nightly rubbed into inner/mid thighs or mid/outer upper arms nightly & utrogestan micronised progesterone capsules days 15-26 of a 28day cycle 2 x 100mg capsules. micronised progesterone is a pure form of progesterone (not synthetic) that is more effective at helping with peri/meno symptoms than synthetic versions. (my specialist meno/gynae gp told me this). things started to improve 2 - 3 wks in, & have got better as time goes on. xx

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      By the time we figure out what helps us, we will be in full menopause. I'm reading so many recommendations and don't know what herb, med to try. This is a disease, and wasn't even aware of it until it hit me almost 3 yrs ago. I missed a pap in 2014, then told in April 2015 I was Perimenopausal via phone but all they said. I never but 2 and 2 together that this is could even be the reason for my depressive moods, anxiety et. A bit of education would have been helpful because I just thought menopause was when women got hot flashes, that's all! I educated myself and recently figured it out myself. Ive seen two counslors, two psychiatrists and they never questioned it could be hormonal??? I've never sought mental help ever and one would think, based on my age that maybe I may be going through the change! I stopped counseling but still see the psychiatrist to adjust my meds. Serotonin isn't the issue here, its hormones

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      yes colleen by the time we figure out what helps, we WILL be in full menopause.  its awful isn't it.  But if we knew about it beforehand I still don't think it would have prepared us.  That's why I think, nobody spoke about it at all, they didn't want to frighten the living daylights out of us confused    the word 'change' is to mild for what it is.

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      ha, yes, since this 'change' hit (not a gentle change, like the word would make you believe, but overnight and fierce eek), I have been tested for every illness known to man, serious stuff like heart disease, dvt, and all the other illnesses that I don't even want to think about now, as I am sure most on here have, so 'change'?  that word should be thrown in the bin, maybe 'exchange',  changed into something completely different!

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      Great name for it! before i went on hrt i felt like an evil alien had invaded me & taken me over! The power of hormones is frightening particularly with the mental effects it can have on us without medical intervention. I felt so out of control & like my personality had changed with it. thank god the hrt i take corrected the mental symptoms, & i am now back in control, not the hormone alien. xxx

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      looloo, would you remind me again of what hrt you take.  I am on a mission again with stupid doctors to get the right type for me.  They are blood testing and testing me again before prescribing! Usual stuff from them.  I had been a migraine sufferer (but I have told them that I know it was all hormonal as they only started in my 40's, but not listening!) so they have concerns about hrt, but I really need something and I am being delayed and suffering in the meantime.  They actually caused most of my health anxiety, the stuff they have made me believe I had.

      I know you mentioned your hrt on here before but I can't see that post? and yep, aliens landed in june last year and 'exchanged' me for their mad version.!

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      looloo, would you remind me again of what hrt you take.  I am on a mission again with stupid doctors to get the right type for me.  They are blood testing and testing me again before prescribing! Usual stuff from them.  I had been a migraine sufferer (but I have told them that I know it was all hormonal as they only started in my 40's, but not listening!) so they have concerns about hrt, but I really need something and I am being delayed and suffering in the meantime.  They actually caused most of my health anxiety, the stuff they have made me believe I had.

      I know you mentioned your hrt on here before but I can't see that post? and yep, aliens landed in june last year and 'exchanged' me for their mad version.!

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      looloo, would you remind me again of what hrt you take.  I am on a mission again with stupid doctors to get the right type for me.  They are blood testing and testing me again before prescribing! Usual stuff from them.  I had been a migraine sufferer (but I have told them that I know it was all hormonal as they only started in my 40's, but not listening!) so they have concerns about hrt, but I really need something and I am being delayed and suffering in the meantime.  They actually caused most of my health anxiety, the stuff they have made me believe I had.

      I know you mentioned your hrt on here before but I can't see that post? and yep, aliens landed in june last year and 'exchanged' me for their mad version.!

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      Hi metamorphed. i take oestrogel 1pump nightly rubbed into my mid inner thighs (can also be rubbed into upper outer arms - but if no body lotions/perfumes on only-thats why i do thighs). & utrogestan micronised progesterone capsules 2 x 100mg nightly days 15-26 of every 28day cycle (which i had to create on my calendar as i had no cycle!!). this is a low risk low dose regimen i was put on by my specialist gynae/meno gp who is now also on the same as me! the utrogestan capsules are micronised progesterone which is pure (not synthetic) & more effective in helping with peri/meno than synthetic versions. I noticed improvement in my mental symptoms & intense stubborn headaches within 2-3wks of starting, & have continued to improve with time on it. You could consider a low dose/low risk regimen & monitor your headaches(mine have been eliminated) but of course talk to your doc or a more helpful doc 1st. many doc surgeries now have a specialist meno gp or nurse - you could maybe try & see them if your own doc is unhelpful. xxx

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