Depression & anxiety and the menopause

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Hi - had depression for 16 weeks now and on 40 Prozac and 45 Mirtazapine. This dose worked for me 4 years ago when I last had depression but it took me 13 weeks before I felt I lowered the dose as I felt butter but 4 years on I have depression again so increased the dose back to what it should have been.. Also going through the menopause - will HRT help the symptoms of depression and should I consider changing my anti-depressants, which I don't really want to do. Please help as I'm feeling it's really hard to carry on. Have improved slightly with medication as I get up and am at work but every day is torture. . Please help.

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    How long have you been taking the medication?

    I know they say it takes 2-4 weeks for antidepressents to work...but I don't necessarily believe that....

    I just started a new antidepressent and I feel different and it is day 6 for me.

    I would say these medications are NOT working for you...espeically if you are not desperate enough to type in a forum about them.

    Just because they worked 4 years ago..means nothing...especially going thru menopause...your hormones and body has changed....I would ask for something else.


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    Hello Erica,

    According to my GP depression has a strong tendency to recur so  it is probably not surprising that you are back here again and with the added curse of the menopause looming. If I had my time again, I am 65years old and fully through the menopause I would find any way to deal with my depression other than increased meds. I say this because I was on Citalopram on and off for 20 years and I am currently off and determined to stay off. HRT is a very good idea as it will protect your bones to a large extent as well as improve your mood. I am sorry that I can't encourage you in getting your meds right as I know they have a very important part to play but I would encourage you to look elsewhere for endorphin kicks such as exercise, especially outside, walking, jogging, tennis anything that makes you sweaty and slightly breathless, I find exercise the best medicine of all. Also, hang on in there, the menopause can be a rough ride but the other side of it isn't sa bad as a lot of people think. There are bonuses like an increase in contentment where you no longer worry about what other people think all the time. It's not so bad being a woman of a certain age and well worth giving it a go.

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    My best advice is to go see a doctor. Going through menopause means that what worked 4 years ago might not work now. Go see a doctor before changing the dose. You may need to take different meds or up the dose, but talk to your doctor first.
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    I WAS DEPRESSED A FEW YEARS AGO and was on 30mg of citrapram,i was exersising and going to the gym and felt great so i came off them,6 months after i became depressed worse than the last time and this time 30mg of citrapram nevewr worked im on 40 mg and some beater blockers this time,wish i never came off the bloody things


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