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Starting HRT tonight and worried. Starting HRT tonight and worried.

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Unread 02-13-2012, 09:35 PM
Starting HRT tonight and worried.

Hi all;
I am 46, had a TVH 5+ years ago and they left one ovary. I have been miserable for several months as I believe I am entering the menopause years now. Honestly, I have probably been spiraling downward for at least a year but am finally doing something about it. The kicker is the loss of sleep. Argh. I am a person who really doesn't sweat much, ever. Just a little even in the most intense athletics. So, now, waking up HOT and neck sweaty is probably night sweats for me. The insomnia etc. all are making me miserable. I also am having bad gastro stuff with constipation which only makes everything worse.
So, the doctor (NP actually) said I could try effexor or Premarin. I decided that I would try effexor first instead of going not he hormones. I started that in early December and it is doing nothing. In fact, I feel worse. So, I went back today and they put me on .625(I think) of premarin. I'm kind of freaked out at the thought of taking it. I don't know if the pregnant mare urine grosses me out more or the potential side effects.
I am also worried about going off the effexor given all the horror stories. I am on 75mg of the effexor and they gave me a week of 37.5s but I am wondering if after 2.5 months, if I should wean more slowly. Any thoughts or reassurances would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Unread 02-14-2012, 11:35 AM
Re: Starting HRT tonight and worried.

How are you feeling today?

I used Benadryl to help with the withdrawal effects of coming off of Effexor. Talk to your dr/pharmacist and see if it's something they recommend.
Unread 02-14-2012, 10:53 PM
Re: Starting HRT tonight and worried.

Good to know about the Benedryl. I feel fine today. I changed up my effexor to about 50mg that I will do for 5 days before the 37.5 so it's a smaller step down. So far 2 days on the premarin and don't feel anything yet. LOL

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