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Doctor insights on: Low Dose Antidepressants For Menopause

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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Can you tell me is 150 mg a low dose for antidepressants?

That depends: on which antidepressant you are referring to. ...Read more

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I am taking a low dose of xanax (alprazolam) but lately feel depressed and crying..what antidepressant is ok.tried both wellbutrin and prozac with bad side effect?

I am taking a low dose of xanax (alprazolam) but lately feel depressed  and crying..what antidepressant is ok.tried both wellbutrin and prozac with bad side effect?

Unanswerable: Xanax, (alprazolam) like all benzodiazepines, can increase symptoms of depression, although it is somewhat less likely to do that than other benzos in most people. This is a question for a psychiatrist or other mental health prescriber to answer, based on the kind of depression, its severity, exactly what side effects you had, how long you used them for and many other factors. Get advice in person, not online. ...Read more

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Which antidepressant is effective on hot flashes caused by menopause?

Which antidepressant is effective on hot flashes caused by menopause?

SSRI's: Many ssri's are. There are some good articles about effectiveness of Lexapro (escitalopram) for this purpose. ...Read more

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How i can stop night sweats? (i'm too young to be menopausal) i get night sweats almost every night. I think it's a side effect of an antidepressant i take. Aside from stopping the drug, is there anything i can do to help with this side effect? Thank you.

How i can stop night sweats? (i'm too young to be menopausal) i get night sweats almost every night. I think it's a side effect of an antidepressant i take. Aside from stopping the drug, is there anything i can do to help with this side effect? Thank you.

Multiple causes: There are several possibilities that could cause this. It sounds persistent enough that you should get a thorough evaluation. Even if it is due to psych meds, adjustment would be important. Might be infection too, which should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is the antidepressant fluoxetine used in the treatment of menopause?

Is the antidepressant fluoxetine used in the treatment of menopause?

TOO OFTEN: Although some degree of depression and mood changes occur in most women going thru this period, antidepressants are not my first choice of treatment. Natural hormone replacement and treating underlying thyroid issues are more effective in my experience and have less negative side effects. ...Read more

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Can the antidepressant fluoxetine used in the treatment of menopause?

Can the antidepressant fluoxetine used in the treatment of menopause?

Yes: Its used for pms with a medical indication and therefore might also be helpful with some of the mood symptoms of menopause. ...Read more

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Bad reaction to low dose anti depressant, i keep hearing its rare- doesn't change the fact that im sensitive and reacted. Can dr help me find new med?

Yes: There are several classes of antidepressants. Within each class there are several different medications. Discuss the reaction you had with your doctor. I am sure s/he will change the medication. ...Read more

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I am menopausal and have been prescribed a low dose of progesterone to help with hot flashes, vagina dryness and mood changes. Is this safe?

I am menopausal and have been prescribed a low dose of progesterone to help with hot flashes, vagina dryness and mood changes. Is this safe?

It can be: Known situations that make it unsafe include past blood clotting disorder, history of breast or endometrial cancers, endometriosis, fibroids, liver problems or elevated triglycerides (type of cholesterol). Common adverse effects: nausea/bloating, breakthrough vaginal bleeding, weight gain, mood swings, breast tenderness. That said, considered safe if cautious and very effective for hot flashes. ...Read more