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Unread 03-10-2010, 06:55 PM
Effexor to treat hot flashes

I try to make this the condensed version...

I currently take aygestin to treat recurrent severe Stage 4 endo and and a pelvic endometrial mass. I am 6 months post hyst. Had a complicated 5 hour surgery during which my left ovary was salvaged. 4 months later, my endo is back with a vengenance.

I started Aygestin therapy about 6 weeks ago to try and shirink the cyst and keep the endo at bay. I take 15 miligrams a day. Ever since starting on Aygestin, I have been experiencing terrible migraines, mood swings , and hot flashes. All the while hoping my body will adjust the side effects will subside. I AM MISERABLE.

I finally couldn't take it anymore and contacted my doc yesterday. She has reduced the dosage to 15 miligrams every other day, and has also started my on the antidepressant Effexor. Effexor is a non-hormonal medication that is also used to treat hot flashes and headaches. The goal of the Aygestin is to reduce the estrogen levels, which is keeping the endo "alive". But at the same time making me more miserable.

Since estrogen is a "no no" for me at this time, the Effexor will hopefully bring me some relief.

Has anyone ever taken Effexor?

Any feedback would be appreciated!
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Unread 03-13-2010, 10:25 AM
Re: Effexor to treat hot flashes

I am so sorry you are dealing with continued endometriosis symptoms!

Effexor and other antidepressants have been and are being used by women who are unable to use HRT for one reason or another. Hopefully, you will find the treatment successful for you!

I know it is frustrating to continue to have endometriosis issues following a hysterectomy! Been there, done that! My GYN was not able to remove all of the endo from my bowel walls so we knew continued issues could be a possibility. To finally eliminate my issues, I did travel to an endometriosis specialist several years after my hysterectomy. He performed surgery two years ago and I have done well since.

I wish you all the very best and hope that mass/cyst soon resolves and the endometriosis can be kept in check! There are some other options you might be able to try if your current one does not work as well as you need it to--aromatase inhibitor, Lupron, surgery, and more. in there!

Unread 03-22-2010, 07:16 PM
Re: Effexor to treat hot flashes

I was on Effexor XR in 2005 when my mom had breast cancer, I kinda had a little break down and worked in an ICU where I watched babies die daily. Anyway I was to the point all I did was cry from morning til night. I was so messed up I had a rash and a fever. My doc treated me with 5 antibiotics before determining stress was doing it to me. They put me on the Effexor. It was great for a bit, I didn't cry as much but then I started gaining weight which meant I was MORE depressed they upped my dose, more weight gain. I got pregnant and the doc said I had to come off it. They took me off cold turkey. THAT WAS HORRIBLE!! I literally thought I was dying!! So the doc put me back on it and I took it through my pregnancy. My child is autistic, I question Effexors involvement in that. But anyway after he was born I said I NEED off of this horrible med, it was controlling my life making me gain weight and it wasn't making me "happy" anymore. I weaned down from 150 mg to 75 with some minor withdrawls then cut to 37.5 those withdrawls were brutal I went back up to 75mg. My husband counted granules and took em down by ONE granule a week and it took over a year to get off of that med. I read people talk about how it was compareable to coming off heroin. I have never been on heroin but I can say that coming off Effexor was horrific!! I don't recommend it to anyone! If you can find any other alternative I would go there first. I know each person is different but my experience not just the weight gain but the fact that it took over my body so much was something I wouldn't wish on anyone!
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Unread 03-29-2010, 08:57 PM
Re: Effexor to treat hot flashes

I Currently take effexor XR 75mg. This is actually my second time taking it. I went off of it when I decided to try to conceive. I was on 37.5mg when I stopped. Under my Doc's advice, I took about 4 days to myself and helped the withdraw process with some pain killers and muscle relaxers. I committed myself to KNOWING I was strong enough to get through the withdraw and excused myself from all irrational behavior for those few days.

I decided to go back on the effexor post pregnany when post-postpartum depression combined with some medical complications with my daughter proved to be too much for me to handle. I stayed at 37.5 mg for a little over a year before upping the dosage to help battle severe sudden onset migraines.

All that to say, I know this drug has proven to be horrific for some women but for me it has been amazing.

Hope this helps. xoxo

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