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Old 07-12-2014, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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If you are taking either of these, how well did it work for you? How long before you saw reduction in your flashes? I just started on Brisdelle. I was on HRT for 2 years tried to go off but the flashes came back. Went back on HRT for a year and ended up with a blood clot, DVT, in my calf. So I'm off the HRT and just about dying from the flashes, many many times per day drenched in sweat. Please tell me this stuff works!!
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:07 PM
 
Location: In the real world!
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This is just MY opinion...... I took Paxil one time not knowing what it was.... Once I realized what it was for I realized they had given me a long term drug for a short term problem and that is when I started asking questions before ever taking another drug. Once I tried to get off the Paxil, I realized you just can't stop taking it... It took me TWO YEARS to get off that mess.. My opinion, there are lot better medications for HRT than this long term drug that you will have problems getting off of. (at the time they put me on it, there was nothing on the internet explaining the side effects or withdrawls when you try to quit.. Just look it up and see what everybody else says about it and look up "brain zaps".)
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I agree with the above poster about the Paxil.
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Old 07-15-2014, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Venus
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I always said that I didn't want to go on any HRTs because of all the nasty stuff associated with them-cancer, blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, etc. But then the hot flashes were relentless-not to mention the moodiness, the weight gain, etc. etc. I couldn't bear it. They put me on Premarin cream. I don't like it but I must confess that it worked-somewhat. I only take it when I just can't stand it anymore. But I haven't used it for a long time now. Since I only use once in a while, when I do, the hot flashes INCREASE for a few days before they get better.

Last week I just started taking wild yam. I am going to see how that helps. I was told that it takes about two weeks to kick in-so I am trying to be VERY patient. But it is hard being patient when you have at least a dozen (maybe more) hot flashes A DAY!!!! Not to mention the nasty ones in the middle of the night that wake you up-and then you are tired the next day.


IS IT EVER GOING TO STOP!!?????



Cat
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm now trying Herbal Healers "HHA WOMEN IN BALANCE" to help with hot flashes & other symptoms.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:00 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I always said that I didn't want to go on any HRTs because of all the nasty stuff associated with them-cancer, blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, etc. But then the hot flashes were relentless-not to mention the moodiness, the weight gain, etc. etc. I couldn't bear it. They put me on Premarin cream. I don't like it but I must confess that it worked-somewhat. I only take it when I just can't stand it anymore. But I haven't used it for a long time now. Since I only use once in a while, when I do, the hot flashes INCREASE for a few days before they get better.

Last week I just started taking wild yam. I am going to see how that helps. I was told that it takes about two weeks to kick in-so I am trying to be VERY patient. But it is hard being patient when you have at least a dozen (maybe more) hot flashes A DAY!!!! Not to mention the nasty ones in the middle of the night that wake you up-and then you are tired the next day.


IS IT EVER GOING TO STOP!!?????



Cat
Please fear HRT. I got a DVT after only a few months on them. Believe me it was much worse than any hot flash and I've not been the same since. Make sure you have a ceiling fan over your bed and you can make it.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Okay, after a month on the Brisdelle I saw zero, or at best, a very minimal change in the severity and frequency of the flashes. Not enough of an improvement to justify taking the med. Checked with the doc to try something else. Now we are trying Gabapentin. This is an anti-seizure med that has been found to help many women w/flashes and most people don't get side effects except dizziness or sleepiness the first week. So today is my first day and they are ramping up my dose this week. I will let you all know if it helps at all. The Brisdelle/Paxil experiment was a total bust. I have to find a solution because this is really impacting my life. One of my biggest triggers is being out in the heat/sun, so I'm basically housebound on any day over 85 degrees. If I try to golf, or hike, or even BBQ in the yard, I am beet red and soaked/dripping wet from head to foot. Seriously I look like I just stepped from the shower fully clothed. Wah!!

After the blood clot episode, I know I can't ever go back on HRT. Yesterday's paper reported that an a former American Idol contestant died this week from a similar clot in his lower leg. I had to be hospitalized overnight, but I was fine right away and have to take blood thinners for 3 months now.
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Old 08-05-2014, 05:11 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Brisdelle? That's just Prozac. Prozac is generic and dirt cheap. Re-branding it is just a pharm company rip-off.

Antidepressant Dressed Up for Menopause
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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It's not Prozac, it's Paxil. The Brisdelle thing is a rip-off, just a new name and an unnecessarily difficult packaging. If it worked for me, which it doesn't, I would have switched to generic 10 mg Paxil. I am going to the 3/day gabapentin routine. You have to titrate up to 3/day and today is my first day to take the full 3/day dose. Tomorrow and the next few days will tell me if this is going to work. I can't take black cohosh for at least 2 more months because I am on blood thinners because of the blood clot. After I go off the thinners I can try that if the gabapentin doesn't work or I could add it to the gabapentin according to my doc. I'll let everyone know how it goes.
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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It's not Prozac, it's Paxil. The Brisdelle thing is a rip-off, just a new name and an unnecessarily difficult packaging. If it worked for me, which it doesn't, I would have switched to generic 10 mg Paxil. I am going to the 3/day gabapentin routine. You have to titrate up to 3/day and today is my first day to take the full 3/day dose. Tomorrow and the next few days will tell me if this is going to work. I can't take black cohosh for at least 2 more months because I am on blood thinners because of the blood clot. After I go off the thinners I can try that if the gabapentin doesn't work or I could add it to the gabapentin according to my doc. I'll let everyone know how it goes.
Good luck! Hope it works for you.
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