Effexor XR

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Has anyone tried Effexor xr 75 for hot flashes and anxiety? My Dr prescribed it to me today to try to help with some of my peri issues, I didnt want to go on HRT. Please let me know your experience with this!

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    I didn't do well on it, it knocked me out where I slept for 2 days. It is rx for women with surgerical breast cancer, and now for peri-menopause.  Look online for side effects and decide whether you want to take it or not. Good luck with it.

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    An antidepressant for hotflashs and anxiety?  

    Have you tried maca root for peri symptoms?  

    Magnesium for anxiety and heart skips??

    I would exhaust other safer methods before letting a doctor perscribe an antidepressant?  Is there any evidence that an antidepressant helps with symptoms?  Even a detox would be helpful.

     

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      Thank you for your reply...she said that this drug has been used with success for hot flashes and the anxiety that accompanies peri. I do use magnesium, I have not tried maca..I think I remember reading you should not use it if you have high blood pressure, is that right? I hate to take pills of any kind, but these hot flashes and anxiety are making me feel like I am losing my mind..I feel desperate for relief! smile

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      I am sure you are looking for relief.  If you have tried all others...

      I have not read there is a problem with maca for those who have high BP. I have to look that up.   

      I hope you get some relief.  I revamped my diet.  I take flax seed oil, brewer's yeast, pumpkin seed oil.  I cut out caffine, pop, excess sugar,  processed foods.  And I get exercise.  

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    If you can't use Macca then try Sage, I hear a lot of women get relief from it.

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    What is really disappointing is that there have been so many medications, herbs, and vitamins recommendations from so many women on this forum and everyone is different and could be a long road of trial and error before any of us find what works for ussad

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    Every body is different what works for some won't work for others. I would in a heartbeat take the HRT over the effexor only because I experienced first hand what it can do if you have a bad reaction to it. Herbs work, I took St. John's wort and that worked for me and it worked right away because i was eating a clean healthy diet. Vitamin D also worked to keep my mood in good spirits and a multivitamin. They say Magnesium helps with anxiety, i found St. John's wort took away my anxiety and my hot flashes too.

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    Hi Lori...i too got prescribed this by my doctor as she didnt want me on hrt due to heart disease in my family and i have high cholesterol....because of the increased risk of clotting.

    My main symtoms were hot sweats and bad anxiety and flat moods.

    I was scared off taking it as I heard it can have bad side effects and also be hard to come off. I was in the process of eating better and cutting out sugar and coffee. It took about 3 months but I have noticed a big improvement. I have no sweats and the anxiety is just a twinge now and again.

    I also take magnesium and fish oil.

    I know I may get worse again as I am only 48 and have years to go but at the moment it seems to be working...fingers crossed.

    I am not against antidepressants....i took prothiaden years ago for pnd....but am saving it as a last resort. You just have to try different things until you find what works....good luck x

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    Effexor was WONDERFUL!  It stopped my hot flashes by the second day of taking it. I was having hot flashes 24/7 and I couldn't take hormones,   The only negative thing I can say is when I weaned myself off. I don't do drugs, but I felt like a drug addict trying to stop taking it.  It took me weeks to slowly cut my dose. It could be because I took it for years.  Even though it was hardgetting off, it was worth taking to stop the hot flashes.  Good luck!

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