lots of drugs are used for more than 1 thing - look at the humble sspirin, which seems to be the only drug you need for everything these days
there are several ssri's so you can try one & swap if you don't get on with it, & they're almost always taken at a lower dose for hot flushes than for depression, if that matters to you
it can take a while to find the right drug & dose but worth persevering for the break from hot flushes - bliss - although with the warmer weather i'm due a review of my dose, i think
I tried the venlafaxine and after taking only one tablet was thrown into a massive depression and actually felt suicidal (not good when you live right by the sea cliffs) so stopped taking that immediately and went back to the GP who gave me Clonidine (not a anti-depressant) this is working and hot flushes have stopped so too has the horrible migraines that I suffered with every month around the time I would of had a period (in menopause now) and I'm not suicidal.
I think its just a case of trying these things until you find something that works for you, just like all our treatments and dx, everyone reacts differently.
Here's a link to my blog site where I've listed the names of the Anti-depressants http://fightingthebeastwithin.blogspot.co.uk/p/hormonal-treatments-and-herceptin.html
Wishing you all the best, something will turn up that will work for you and alleviate you of the awful hot flushes.
Sending love and light
I take 10mg of Amitriptyline each night and find it helps a lot. It doesn't eliminate the hot flushes altogether but it's certainly reduced them, and since it also has a sedative effect, it helps me sleep.
10mg is a very small fraction of the dose that would be used to treat depression (usually 50 - 100mg) and it's not addictive.
It may not suit everyone, but I found it has much fewer unpleasant side effects than citalopram, sertraline, clonidine did for me.
Annys, you should try other drugs. There are several to try - it's a bit of trial and error. A couple of years ago I used clonidine, which was brilliant for six months then it stopped working. I have also tried amytriptiline but that made my hot flushes worse.
I'm feeling really cheated reading these comments about citalopram. I'm on 30g, having increased dose from 10 than 20mg. My flushes are terrible and really affect the quality of my life.I'm normally a cold person so most of the time I have to wear lots of layers to keep my self warm and then bang! a flush comes along and I'm stripping down to the last possible layer. The sweat is pouring off me and I have prickles running up and down my arms. A few minutes later I'm freezing cold so its back on with my layers.This happens about 20 times a day and in the night. It's become a joke for the children in my class but I find it embarrasiing and a nuisance. My doc put me on a drug they treat migraines for as it does something to the blood veesels but I can't remember the name of it now. That didn't work either but I'm still on citalopram as it keeps my stress levels on an even keel.
I too am taking 10mg of citalopram. It has worked wonders for me. I still have hot flushes, but far fewer and less intense. It has made the difference between coping with them and not coping. I have also noticed that I am much more relaxed and laid back than I was!
Hi taking 10mg of citalopram for flushes. MUCH better. I didn't notice any side effects except felt a bit sick initially for couple of days. This may not have been a side effect though. No weight gain, in fact I am more active and I'm trying to lose some. Like you, I wasn't depressed but the tiredness from broken nights was affecting me. I'm feeling human again :)x
I also had them for hot flushes when I was having Herceptin. I too was worried because I have never been depressed in my life and didn't want to start on the road of anti-depressants, but the dose they give you is too low compared to if you were having them for depression.
The ones my oncologist prescribed for me were Venlafaxine and I took 37.5mg. I had to take it with food as on an empty stomach they can make you feel sick, but the hot flushes disappeared within a couple of days.
I took them for about 3 months and then came off them gradually over a few days by taking one and missing a day and so on.
No problems since.
Yes, a friend of mine was prescribed them for hot flushes. Cant remember what they are called (sorry, how annoying!), but they certainly worked for her and it was nothing to do with depression.
Good luck, I hope they work for you too!
Ah! just remembered, they were Citalopram.
A doctor yesterday told me that there is a class of antidepressants (SSRIs) that has been shown to be extremely effective for hot flashes. She said that I would see a massive difference after one or two weeks. Now I don't suffer from depression and I've never taken antidepressants so obviously I am worried about the side effects but this doctor said that they are not significant. I am not sure if this is because they are taken in small doses for hot flushes, or what. I was wondering whether anyone here had experience of this or more knowledge to share.