Low dose anti-depressant for hot flushes

Have really hot flushes and cold chills since starting Tamoxifen and oncologist suggested low dose Venlafaxine or Citalapram. I know some ladies have been prescribed this on here. I spoke to GP today and he had never heard of and therefore had no experience of ad’s for breast cancer. He was a bit nasty actually and gave me px for Venlafaxine “to help me out” all the while insinuating that I had asked onc for them and not that they were recommended. I don’t want to take ad’s and I probably will end up not being able too because of se as I am quite sensitive to drugs. My sister had citalopram and it made her feel rotten. All I wanted was some info on the best one to have and someone with experience of prescribing. Not a bloody lecture. Any contributions of experiences from you guys would be great. Xx

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June, moderator

Hi Dana


I am on citalopram and it has really helped with my hot flushes although that wasn’t the reason I was presribed it.


Your GP sounds very insensitive and a bit of an a**e if you don’t mind me saying. he may well be medically qualified but I bet you know more about your symptoms than he does - i bet he’s never been on a forum like this and got such good advice from others.


I hope it works for you and you can go back and say “Told you so” to him.


Lucy xx



I’m expecting to start Tamoxifen as part of my treatment. I already take 20mg of citalapram for anxiety, been on it a while. Hope it helps with any hot flushes coming my way !! xxx