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Ok so yesterday during my visit with my doctor to give me the OK to go back to work I also spoke with him about my Hot Flashes & Night Sweats which are terribly bad, he prescribes me Effexor XR 75mg. I have yet to fill the script because I’m wondering why are doctors giving out anti-depressant meds for Menopause issues? I’m not sure I want to take this because of the side effects I looked up and also reading on how hard it is to wean yourself from this med, I will be looking into St. John’s Wort and Black Cohosh as an alternative, has anyone here taken Effexor XR? If so what was your experience with it, and are you still on it?




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      Denise Richardson wrote May 24, 2011
    • WOW!ohhhhMamapan thanks for responding so what if anything did you take to repalce the meds you were on?




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      Msj wrote May 24, 2011
    • Neicy,my dr friend treats this with herbs, I encourage you to find a herbalist do not treat yourself....

      Every one’s body is different, therefore requiring diffretn herbal prescriptions.

      I have seen many women get MUCH relief from herbs.




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      Msj wrote May 24, 2011
    • you can do s far as info.... I go online and google the med name and messageboard, you will find MANY people’s input who have been on it good and bad...




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      Denise Richardson wrote May 24, 2011
    • Hi Msj, I did that very thing this is one of the many reasons I have decided NOT to take the meds.




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      Msj wrote May 24, 2011
    • I have made similar decisions! Scary eh?

      I have seen good results from patients of my friend...

      Any Chinese Medicine Dr’s in your area? or Herbalists?




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      Denise Richardson wrote May 24, 2011
    • @Msj,I’m sure there are, but I don’t have the time right now to research them out too many other things to do before I leave Thursday. But will think of doing a search when I get back. How do you feel about Black Cohosh and St.Johns Wort? I’m goin to really do an indepth search on those, but a friend of mine has use them and she has had great results with it. I know everything is not for everyone seeing we all are made up differently but they are herbs and I need to see if they are right for me as well.




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      Cathie Beck wrote May 24, 2011
    • Because of my issue with environmental toxins, I can’t take prescription drugs. Medicinal herbs are medicine and you should only take them with a prescription from a licensed Dr.
      Natropathic licensed Dr can help you. Since my body is messed up the Black Cohost didn’t
      work for me, but there’s other herbs to detox and restore balance for me.  

      Hoping the best for you, Neicy. In the meantime, find a pretty bowl or saucer to keep a wet washcloth on your night stand. Trust me, when we accept a hot flash or the night sweats as a part of our life, half asleep we reach for that wash cloth, cool down and fall back into a deep sleep shortly after the wash cloth is returned to its bowl or saucer. ;oD  

      Cathie




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      Msj wrote May 24, 2011
    • My Dr friend has me copy the ingredients of the cohhosh  from internet and she is going to research the herb for you it is a north american herb I found out...  She is so cool!




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      Carols65 wrote May 24, 2011
    • I have been on the depression meds u mention for over 7 yrs when my marriage fell apart. I have now started hotfluses and it makes no difference to it. I have been trying to come meds for over the last yr and will take another 18mths and is very diffcult and adds alot of the stress i am going thru with pre menopause. I have tried black cohhosh and it did not work but have found something that did. They are called firefigthers and are sold in HOLLAND AND BARRET STORES IN IRELAND  and maybe in the uk. My friends have found it good too St johns wort in now allowin ireland . do try and avoid anti deppresions




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      Tuliplady wrote May 24, 2011
    • Wow!  It seems unbelievable that a doc would prescribe an anti-depressant for hot flashes!  Actually with all the scary side effects of anti-depressants, I don’t understand why doctors are so quick to prescribe them for any reason.




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      Denise Richardson wrote May 24, 2011
    • happy@Eva, yes I have a lot going on but will take it step, by step even if some things have to take a back seat not going to have a relapse.  

      Thanks ladies for all your input here.heart




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      Mztracy wrote May 24, 2011
    • I’ve been on effexor xr 150 for years and it works for me. But everyone is different. What may work for one may not work for you.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote May 24, 2011
    • When I saw my doctor for hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats a few years ago she offered me anti depressants. I gave her a strange look and said, “I’m not depressed, I’m in peri menopause.” It’s strange how quick she offered me those pills.

      Neicy, I’ve been buying supplements from a woman’s health clinic in Maine for about a year now. the website is womentowomen.com and one of its founding doctors is Christianne Northrup. She’s the women’s health expert who wrote, “Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom” and “The Wisdom of Menopause.” She’s also been on Oprah several times.

      I love the vitamins from them. And I started taking their herbal formula for menopause. I trust them. They‘re a brick and mortar health center that also sells their own brand of supplements. They also have great customer service. They made regular phone calls to me at first to make sure the vitamins were working for me.




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      Cathie Beck wrote May 25, 2011
    • I remember the wife of a friend that had the kind of perimenopause people made jokes about. Swinging wildly back and forth emotionally. It’s a stereotyped menopause joke we women become emotionally unstable. Hence the use of antidepressants started long long time ago during perimenopause.  

      I didn’t have emotional ups and downs and not everyone does, but I’m still hot flashing. I don’t think I need me an antidepressant for this reason when I can dress in cotton for an easy cool down. My joke about hot flashes is... I never seem to have one to warm me up when it’s really cold. hmmm, I think my (internal) thermostat needs checking.  

      Cathie




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      Max0125 wrote May 26, 2011
    • Hi Neicy,

      I was wondering why he prescribed you that med. I agree with Cynthia. I love Dr Northrup- she has awesome advice. The other thing that I would recommend is to find a ob/gyn that specializes in womens health/menopause, or one that has training in integretive medicine. they look at the whole person, lifestyle, stress, etc. rather than blindy give you a med for the symptoms.

      One of my friends who is going through night sweats told me about a polar pilow that stays cool as well as sheets that and nightgowns that keep you cool and comfortable at night.

      Good luck and keep us updated.

      Mary




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      Marya1961 wrote May 26, 2011
    • Neicy,

        I currently take Lexapro 10 mg., but this was prescribed for anxiety and depression because of my Fibromyalgia.

        Why a doctor would prescribe an anti-depressant for
      menopausal symptoms is beyond me.

        Cynthia has some good info as I may check that out also.  If you have a good health food store in your area, maybe you can check out what they offer for this.  Our Whole Foods store has a whole section on natural products for menopause.

        Let us know how you make out.estatic




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