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How long does it take HRT to start working?

(154 Posts)
higgle Wed 12-Aug-09 11:28:54

My GP prescribed me Kliofem on Monday, strted taking it yesterday ( Tuesday) my only menopausal problem is hot flushes and they are driving me mad - how long will it take for the effects of the HRT to kick in? desperate to see an improvement. Also does anyone have any good or bad experiences on this drug?

purplepeony Fri 14-Aug-09 08:26:31

I do not take this though I am on HRT- I use an oestrogen gel and take progestins separately for a few days every 3 months.

I found that my symptoms - mainly flushes and poor sleep- improved after about a week-10 days.

Good luck!

higgle Sat 15-Aug-09 18:06:26

So far just feel murderously premenstrual, but this is OK provided the hot flushes go next week!

MorocconOil Tue 25-Aug-09 11:02:56

Don't know about HRT, but I've been taking Black Cohosh and hot flushes have stopped. Maybe worth a try.

higgle Wed 02-Sep-09 20:10:09

I can now answer my own question! (just in case anyone else wants to know) In 10 days the hot episodes were down to about 3 a day and after a fortnight they had completely gone. I still feel a little bit moody - and a bit more frisky than usual too grinso all in all a very positive experience so far.

alypaly Sun 06-Sep-09 19:32:04

mine started working in about 3 days. It was brilliant. It was called Elleste duet 2mg.Life saver. only on it for 4 months...decided to come of it...had a few flushes but nothing major. Wish i hadnt suffered for 3 years prior to getting it

I logged on to post this very question!

Very encouraging responses.

Alypaly, may I ask why you stopped?

ThingOne Fri 11-Sep-09 22:07:31

Obviously coming late to the OP. I went on evorel sequi patches and felt pretty normal within a week.

alypaly Tue 15-Sep-09 00:11:58

mine took 4 days on Ellest duet 2 mg...what a life saver.. came off them after 4 months and no trouble since...BRRRilliant!!!!

xal Mon 05-Oct-09 12:24:27

Help I have just started taking Elleste Duet 1mg today when will it start working and what canI expect? Am desperate for some sleep...

higgle Tue 06-Oct-09 07:45:18

Well, nearly 3 months on I can say that all hot flushes and sleep problems are gone. I have slight breast tenderness and DH thinks I am a bit hyper - I do have that slightly supercharged pre- menstrual feeling most of the time. I've definately done the right thing for now and intend to make the best of it for a year or so and reconsider then.

deaddei Sat 10-Oct-09 16:50:47

Alypaly- 3 days for me, and the hot flushes were no more. Bliss. The quality of my life is so much better. And sleeping so much better. So zal, hang on in there.
I too have breast tenderness- quite painful at times.

LaContessa Wed 07-Sep-11 14:02:25

God it is so nice to hear some positives about HRT, I am about to start on Elleste Duet 1mg and needed to hear the positives

OneLieIn Mon 19-Sep-11 17:56:40

Just started elleste duet 1mg today and cannot wait for it to work....I am so fed up!!

smartyparts Tue 20-Sep-11 17:14:10

I have recently started elleste duet 1mg and it has been bloody marvellous.

Stopped all my symptoms in 48 hours. I love it.

Clure Sat 01-Oct-11 14:20:16

hi can I ask a question about hrt? I was advised to think about starting it, have been peri for last 3 years (DD age 6 think I was a bit peri before her) I am 43. I'm concerned about hrt as I also take meds for blood pressure and am concerned about the oestrogen in hrt (have never been able to take birth control pill due to the oestrogen and link to high blood pressure) also does hrt make you put on weight? Would be grateful for any responses, thanks

ameliagrey Sat 01-Oct-11 18:26:14

Clure- maybe start another thread as your questions will get lost here.

Clure Sat 01-Oct-11 18:38:50

will do, thanks ameliagrey

nightandday Fri 14-Oct-11 19:07:10

Hi I have just picked up my prescription of HRT and am praying with all my might that I get some relief from the instant Meerkat wake up response I have experienced 3 times nightly for the last 4 months. I was hanging on hoping I could manage to survive the menopause without chemical intervention but sadly as with childbirth I was forced to go begging and pleading for relief following a particularly traumatic day yesterday. In the foggy haze I seem to operate in I nearly caused a pile up on the motorway. Thankfully the other road users were alert but it really scared me. I was wondering though, how long do I take them for assuming its inevitable that I'll need to wean myself of Oestrogen at some stage?

ameliagrey Sat 15-Oct-11 08:44:38

night np magic answer to how long- depends on your age and symptoms.

HRT before age 50 is risk free re, cancer etc, and most drs say that up to 5 years use aged 50+ is relatively safe.

The only way to test it out is to stop and see if you still need it but you need to stop gradually.

nightandday Sun 16-Oct-11 16:35:16

Ameliagrey; Thanks.

jacksgrannie Mon 17-Oct-11 20:58:17

Night - you might be interested in my very positive experience of HRT. I started taking high dose oestrogen in my late forties owing to terrible menopausal symptoms (hot flushes, night sweats, panic attacks, insomnia and general misery). HRT worked a treat. After 5/6 years I tried to come off - symptoms back in a flash, even worse than before. Went on to lower dose HRT. Kept on that for another 5/6 years then GP advised coming off owing to length of time I had been on HRT, possible increased cancer risks etc.

After several abortive attempts, I have now completely stopped taking HRT but was only able to do so without symptoms returning by stopping very very gradually. First 2 months, took 6 tablets a week, next 2 months, 5 tablets a week and so on until for the last 3 months I was only taking 1 tablet a week.

HRT worked brilliantly for me and helped me through a really bad menopause.

nightandday Wed 19-Oct-11 22:25:42

Thanks jacksgrannie.
I,ve been on HRT (Elleste 1mg tabs) for 6 days now and have already had one good nights sleep and feel my sanity returning. Having just turned 51 I planned to take it until I retire at 55 then I will gradually wean myself of it.
I was taken aback by the duel payment for the prescriptions does anyone know why this is and is there a cheaper alternative?

Bellaciao Fri 28-Oct-11 20:07:34

Hi I've been on HRT for 5 years (patches and separate progesterone) and intend to stay on it for as long as possible - if you go on the Menopause Matters forum you will see threads on there about women still taking it in their 60's and 70's. As long as you know what the risks are and don't fall into serious risk categories yourself, some of the experts now think this is OK. Oestrogen has so many beneficial effects on bones, brain and generally lots of things eg preventing prolapses that I would rather have good quality of life than a really long miserable one!!

adriennelw Thu 03-Nov-11 20:05:59

I was on HRT for 3 years after having a hysterectomy. I reached the age of 56 and thought I should maybe come off it. My young Doctor (male) told me just to stop taking them and I would be fine. For 12 weeks that was the case and then boy did Menopause hit me with avengence. It is wrecking my life and my brain has ceased to function so much so that I have started taking HRT again today. I can't wait to feel normal again and get a nights sleep.

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