Depressed on HRT, how long should i give it?

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I am having problems with my HRT. First I was on Elleste Duet sequi. I had no problems on this at all. However when I went to get a new prescription it was out of stock and I was put on Femoston 1/10 sequi. I had problems on this with crying and depression symptoms so after 3 months I changed again. I was put on Everil 100 patches with utrogestan 100mg. This sent me crazy with suicidal feelings. Now I am on Femoston 1/5 conti. I am so depressed and the suicidal feelings have returned. My GP wants me to persevere with it, but i'm not sure I can. I cannot get out of bed, i am crying all the time and I have thoughts of suicide. i have been on it for 3 weeks now. What should i do? Will it get better if i stay on it?

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    Hi Margaret92874,

    We note from a recent post which you have made to our forum that you may be experiencing thoughts around self-harm. If we have misinterpreted your comments then we apologise for contacting you directly. But if you are having such thoughts then please note that you are not alone in this, and there are people out there that can help.

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    Hello Margaret i am praying for you. I truly believe that you should come off it. It is doing more harm then good. I sent you a private message.

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    I am sending you prayers!!!! This can be such a hard time in your life, but it will get better. Balancing your hormones can be very tricky can take a while. In some cases it can take six months to a year to balance them. You also have to find the right hormone replacement therapy that your body will accept. Some women do better on the bio identical hormones and some women do better with creams. You sometimes have to adjust the amount and creams can be better in that aspect because you are in control you can use more or you can use less. You have to become your own detective. I'm so sorry you're going through this. I am not a doctor and this is only my opinion, but I can pray so I am saying a prayer for you now. I will pray that the Lord will lift that deep dark depression off you now....and that He will destroy those wolves of darkness that have come to torment you and that He will will heal you and that He will give your doctors knowledge and wisdom to help you.

    Psalms 40:1-3, I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.

    Deuteronomy 31:8, It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

    Deuteronomy 32:10: In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye.

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    Hi Margaret,

    so sorry you're going through the hell of being depressed with suicidal feelings.

    I think you must see your Doctor asap and ask for a referral for help.

    Tell them how serious it is.

    That it's not just a cry for help but that you are serious and need help NOW.

    There are numbers you can call and am sure there will be a drop in center local to where you live, just look on line.

    Personally I would not let these feelings drag on anymore.

    You have great value and worth as a woman and are worthy and deserve help.

    Don't just let your Doctor give you a pep talk and don't leave till they actually do something to help you.

    I know this is easier said than done - sorry!

    But you can do it.

    You will get through this AND come out the other side.

    Keep on keeping going.

    Sending love n hugs n divine strength your way x

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    Good Morning Margaret, this is just terrible, Meredyn was saying the same thing with the suicidal thoughts, honestly, I think it’s more common, than not . Do those products that you were taking the oral, have progesterone in it? Any form of oral progesterone, from what I’m hearing, is supposed to make a woman feel very depressed and fatigued. Is your doctor a man by any chance? And did you tell your doctor specifically you’re having suicidal thoughts, what kind of incompetent dr would leave a patient on a HRT that causes suicidal thoughts ? and if you haven’t told him this or her whichever the case may be, you need to tell them specifically you’re having suicidal thoughts, ASAP. But if your doctor wants to put you on an anti-depressant to cover up the symptom of suicidal feelings from the hormones, I would run, I mean don’t look back and run. antidepressants are needed in many situations but not to cover up a symptom that another HRT or med is causing. that would be like robbing Peter to pay Paul. This Dr should be turned in, I’m not kidding!! God for bid if you were to do something to harm yourself and it resulted in you passing, this doctor should lose his license and would be sued blind. your life is what is whats very important here!! Can you currently reach out to your pastor at church? In the meantime while you’re trying to get the HRT straightened out, see if you can find a counselor and make an appointment. have you talk to your pharmacist about these feelings, it is crucial to speak to the pharmacist as these doctors are not educated on pharmaceuticals, except for what the pharm. reps tell them and what’s in the pamphlet for the med. I can’t stress enough if you told your doctor you feel suicidal and your doctor wants you to stick it out, you need to run from that doctor and turn /him/her in, this is completely unethical not to mention insane on the doctors part. can you imagine how many other women are having this symptom and he’s telling them the same thing ?!!?! If you’re feeling that way today, please call the suicide crisis helpline and talk to someone close to you immediately. I am terribly sorry you’re going through this. Where are you, in the states? if you’re in London there is a female doctor that is all about HRT and is very good. I’ve heard that her prices are fairly high, but if you could afford it, I’d run to her. Do they have what’s called PET, it’s those pellets that they insert under the buttocks/skin, it’s progesterone, estrogen and testosterone, in your area, from what I am hearing this is the only way HRT is even distributed evenly/correctly and works in sync with our bodies hormones. you are not alone, please remember that, you took a big step in Sharing these very personal feelings. Your life is very important and you deserve to be treated with respect by your doctor, this doctors practices, again, if you told him about the suicidal feelings, are unethical, abhorrant, to say the least! please please keep us posted here ...Hugs to you! xo

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    Thanks for your replies everyone, and for your thoughts and prayers. It is so kind and thoughtful of you all to reply. I have been feeling very low, but I am trying to fight the bad thoughts and see them as part of menopause/ medication. I am telling myself that I will get through this. Yes, unfortunately my GP is not so helpful with this. It is a female as well. I'm guessing I should come off the Femoston and see what happens. I'm a bit worried about just stopping it, but surely it cant be worse than this.

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