Antis for menopause

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Hello, have any ladies took antidepresnts to get them thought the menopause, if so which ones suit the best, thanks

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    Took Citalapram after the menopause and then a hysterectomy.  It was definately a help with all the anxieties that came with these conditions.  good luck, x
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    Hi sue

    I am taking Sertraline as I found I was suffering from severe bouts of depression during the menopause. I have gradually reduced the dose over a period of months but am not going to stop them altogether until I am certain the menopause is at an end and I can look to the future with optimism. I was taking 150ml daily but am now down to 50ml. I didn't suffer any side effects.  The menopause can be a very difficult time and I think you should accept all the help you can get. Good luck

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    Took it for about 2 years by the way.  Tried relaxation therapies and then realised I was much calmer and didn't need it any more.
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    I was prescribed citalopram for depression, which I took for 2 years. Came off it a while back and then realised that all my problems were menopause related!

    It helped, and it got me through a bad stage. These discussions are a great help becuase you know you're not alone in your worries. If you are offered them by your doc, they're worth considering but you need to do what's right for you! There isn't the stigma with taking them like there used to be and you can 'get on' with life & work smile

     

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    Hi Sue.. there is no right answer for that, everyone is different... what suits one may not suit another...  best never if possible.. 

    Try 100mg or higher daily of B6 for these symptoms, mine have vanished on Vit B6 ..

    sounds like a Farce i know but it does work and we lack B6 in peri and menopause, I feel fantastic now...  Jay xx

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    I take 37.5 mg of Effexor per day. I was told that it is the lowest dose and may not work. It was prescribed primarily for my hot sweats (!) but I was also suffering for anxiety related to menopause and feelling depressed. At that time I was even too anxious to drive my car. 

    After a couple of weeks my hot sweats had disappeared and also my anxiety had dissipated and I was back driving.

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    Hi Sue,

    I've been taking mirtazapine for the past 5 weeks, they have less side effects than others, and are not an SSRI, which I am sensitive to.  They are really good for sleeping but do cause weight gain, having said that most anti depressants do have that side effect.  I am going to try the B6 on jays recommendation but wouldn't go higher than 100mg as they can cause nerve damage taking high does.  Good luck xx

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      Hi Cheekygal... how you doing 😀

      re: B6  i base this on my experience, the natural route, I dont take HRT ( although B6 does help absortion of HRT) and I dont take any prescription meds.. cant say if it will improve your symptoms as you are on mirtazapine, this may interfere with the B6 effect... be careful when you stop taking mirtazapine as its addicitive and you need to wean off..  

      yes.. I have heard B6 can cause nerve damage if its not required, or taken in huge does, but peri and meno ladies need B6 so its not a worry for me personally... i now take 150mg daily ... ( half a tab of 300mg) and feel brill.

      good luck, take care cheekygal  .....Jay xx

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      Hi Jay

      I am having up and down days.  Been a bit light headed since on the mirtazapine, sometimes I feel it's helping and other days i think my anxiety is worse, but not sure if it's connected to the tabs or not, before I started it I was waking up with a racing heart but with hindsight, I was taking transdermal magnesium and I read that it can make you feel worse if the balance with calcium is off, I also took Vit D3 spray 3000iu, maybe that was too much.  I am on a few other prescription meds, and in regards to the mirtazapine I asked doc if it was addictive, he said it wasn't, although I wouldn't want to stop it without weaning.  Did you have a blood test to see if you were deficient in B6?  i had one for B12 and levels were normal.  After the magnesium/Vit D I am quite wary of supplements, that's why I will ask GP on Tues if he thinks I should take it.  XX

       

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      hi cheekygal, oh bless you hun, you sound like your going through it abit.

      hope you feel better soon..

      I live in Spain so I have tests and bloods etc done here when required..

      I dont have problems with the Vits I take..

      i felt tonnes better lately, in year nine of peri so felt the lot along the way.. 10 motnhs since I had a period... 

      I have a B12 injection too every three weeks to a month for my peri and felt alot  of improvement with that and B6 so it all suits me... suppose I am lucky.....

      funny cuz my hot flushes returned a few weeks ago, in day time and I hadnt had any for years, and... then i twigged... I changed from magnesium and calcium supplement to Natecal (Calcium and vit D3) so I had effectively stopped the magnesium, and for me thats the link, so I started a seperate magnesium from here in spain a few days ago and bingo, hot flushes gone, so I am feeling pretty dandy... after feeling pretty dreadful, anxious, depressed, achey, reclusive a few months ago, all gone now, I have my social life back and I am delighted.. hope you soon get your spring in your step   back too hun.. I know how it all feels, the doc here wanted to put me on antidepressants, but I was having none of it... been down that road years ago and they didnt suit me personally... made me feel spaced out and out of control... i want to feel good and get through it this way ... and its working finally.

      take care Jay xx

       

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