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Anxiety worsening - is this perimenopause?

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francesrivis Wed 03-Feb-16 17:47:22

Hi, I'm almost 46 and have always suffered from anxiety. Until recently it was reasonably well controlled with Mirtazapine; however over the past couple of years it has been getting worse and worse. I used to cope well on 15 mg Mirtazapine; I'm now on 30 mg but still experiencing severe anxiety. There's nothing particular going on in my life to cause this; I'm convinced it must be hormonal, ie. perimenopause. I have floated this idea with a couple of GPs but they have said because I am still having regular periods it is not hormone related.

Just wondering if other people have had this experience, and how you coped? I have been offered Pregabalin but am reluctant to take this up unless I have to - has anyone else taken it for anxiety, and how did you find it?


francesrivis Thu 04-Feb-16 17:13:42


LaurieFairyCake Thu 04-Feb-16 17:16:50

Have a google of generalised
Anxiety disorder and see if it rings any bells.

Bombastic123 Thu 04-Feb-16 17:17:44

I am taking pregabalin and it really helps me. Very good drug.

francesrivis Thu 04-Feb-16 18:11:10

THanks so much, bombastic, I have really wanted to talk to someone who actually has experience of it. Can I ask how long you have been taking it and whether there have been any side effects? Do you find it affects your clarity of thought at all?

kerstina Thu 04-Feb-16 19:08:49

Yes my anxiety got worse too it was like pmt but much worse feeling extremely edgy ,racing thoughts . Am on a low dose of anti depressant but not helping much but I don't really want to increase dose .

Bombastic123 Thu 04-Feb-16 19:25:19

I have taking about a year. I tried to stop it as I felt so fine but got anxious again so restarted it again. I was a while on maximum dose and felt zoned. Now I am on half the maximum dose and doing fine. It just makes me less anxious in a way that I am not thinking anxious things or feel anxious.

MandieMandie Wed 10-Feb-16 20:45:44

I am suffering from terrible anxiety at the moment and can only connect it to being premenopausal. I have appointments for ecg, blood pressure and and blood tests. Doctor have given betablockers which haven't helped at all. I'm signed off work for a week and hoping some of the tests shed some light on what exactly is wrong. The isn't much info anywhere on anxiety triggered by menopause.

limon Thu 11-Feb-16 16:34:48

I'm perimenopausal and was still having regular periods until I got a coil fitted. my anxiety has been through the roof . I take hrt, citalopram and mirtazapine and have been going to private counselling.

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