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A 44-year-old member asked:

can i take anything for menopause with my depression medication desipramine 50mg?

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Dr. Howard Paul
Clinical Psychology 48 years experience
Drugs and menopause: You can certainly speak to your provider and discuss this issue. You need to be able to define the problems menopause is challenging you with. Menopause cannot be treated, however, many of the uncomfortable effects can be managed. It appears that you are taking your medication to assist you with sleeping. There are drugs that may better target your depression and still help with sleep.

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What are the specific screening recommendations for women before menopause?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
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??????: At age 30 you are about 20-21 yrs away from the avg age of menopause, you should be getting a pelvic and pap with breast exam every year std screening can also be done at that visit, i rec my pts to do month self breast exam after the period, baseline mammogram at age 35 if no one feels a lump or anything abnormal before that, multi- vitamin with calcium and vit d every day, eat healthy, don'tsmok.

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