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How long does it take HRT to start working?

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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

PrettyCandles Fri 11-Sep-09 22:04:42

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.

Bluebottle63 Wed 09-Nov-11 19:01:34

I can' tell you how relieved I am to find this forum. I always swore that when the time came, I WOULD NOT under any circumstances succumb to HRT. Pah! How wrong I was. I was in such a state last weekend that my mum was going to post me some of hers!! However I EVENTUALLY got an appt with my GP on Monday morning (who is in her 50s) and she was so kind, gave me half an hour which is amazing for a GP appt. Anyway she has prescribed Elleste Duet. It has only been 48 hours and although I am still getting my 'moments' as I call them, I feel loads better in myself as I know that the medication will help the symptoms.

BreevandercampLGJ Wed 14-Dec-11 17:43:25

I found this from a Google search, my sleep has not settled yet, but I suddenly felt less ground down this afternoon. I have nothing to feel ground down about, so that made it doubly annoying.

ameliagrey Wed 14-Dec-11 20:59:35

I don't understand your post Breev- what are you saying?

shazm0 Sun 13-May-12 08:43:58

nightanday - reading your description of "meerkat" style wake ups was such a relief. that's how i felt when i woke up at night. other people have talked about sweats but mine were like yours. almost frightening.

i have been on hrt for 3 days and had my first proer nights sleep for months last night. i googled to see if i was imagining it and i have to say it is a breath of fresh air to find women who sound like me

i am looking forwards to the "frisky" and "supercharged" feelings, they seem like a long time ago at the moment. i am sick of feeling tired and lethargic when i still consider myself an active woman.

shazm0 Sun 13-May-12 08:45:31

bluebottle - i also swore i would never take them. now i am just so relieved that i am not in any of the groups that can't take them.
my family are also relieved :-)

a1amber Sun 27-May-12 20:02:36

Hi all i have been taking elleste duel for 5 days and have not changed a thing yet my worst time is the night sweats. i was so hoping they would have started working by now i so need a good nights sleep. i have read all of the posts so i am hoping that they eventually start to work

a1amber Sun 27-May-12 20:06:01

Oh i too thought that i would never go on hrt but i can't stand these hot flushes anymore they are affecting every part of my life and my libido is totally disappeared

ameliagrey Mon 28-May-12 16:31:58

amber- they say give it 3 months. most people i know have had results quickly- a couple of weeks or so but 5 days is nothing. If it doesn't help in 2-3 months go back as there are lots of different types and maybe you need something stronger.

a1amber Mon 28-May-12 22:26:53

Thank you amelia but i really hope they work soon

happybear Mon 04-Jun-12 14:23:46

Hi just started kliofem day 26 now, developed hypersensitivity on face and neck and now on the shoulders, driving me potty. Face and neck settled down shoulder still untouchable cannot sleep, help! does it settle down or should i change the pills. also itching started before i did not have any.
struggling to know which way to go any advice appreciated.

madelinefearn Mon 11-Jun-12 19:31:24

I am on day 6 of taking elleste duet 1mg, my hot flashes seem to be getting worse and I feel totally drained, I felt tired before but this seems worse, is this normal?

MadMargaret Mon 02-Jul-12 10:46:09

madelinefearn - I have started elleste duet 2 mg as the 1mg did not suit me. It's possible that you might need the higher lever of oestrogen. Your symptoms should not be getting worse, the improvements are usually pretty quick. Good luck.

Bellaciao Mon 02-Jul-12 17:28:43

madelinefearn - as ameliagrey said on an earlier post - you would not necessarily expect to feel any difference after only 6 days and 3 months is the usual time to show a sustained measurable difference. It takes the body a while to adjust to increased oestrogen.

yumimumi444 Wed 26-Sep-12 14:56:09

well, I have been to the doctors this morning and I would like to say that some of the information given by some members is incorrect. Statisticly, there are a number of side effects with taking hrt, as with all drugs, there is a slight increased risk of breast cancer, but I urge all new women that are prescribed hrt to read the information leaflet that comes with the medication. It could be that you are one of the very few that get side effects, etc, but in my experience I have not had a bad experience of taking hrt, it has improved my life. It is advised however that women who have had their ovaries removed, should take hrt to reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later lives. Hope this helps and good luck smile

lainiej Wed 26-Sep-12 19:02:19

I've been taking Elleste Duet 1mg for almost a month - in the green tablet phase now. My sweating has stopped which I am eternally greatful for but I feel bloated all the time, I've put on weight and my boobs have become even bigger than they were. I also wake up about 4am every morning and toss and turn for about an hour. I'm a big lass anyway but this is really getting me down. I just checked my BP with our home tester and it was 184/99.

Juelz Wed 24-Oct-12 11:35:41

Hi, I'm new to this forum & hoping for some positive advice, as I'm not feeling great at the moment. I've just started 1mg Estelle Duet (am on day 4) - my hot flushes are just so bad, both during the day and at night - I'm waking up 3/4 times a night & feeling desperate to return to a normal life. My partner is a saint for putting up with me, as I toss & turn at night & our sex life has gone from being great to being non-existent! I know everyone is different, but can anyone comment, from experience, how long it will be before I feel better?
Thank you for listening :-)

Williamandme Mon 05-Nov-12 11:26:50

Hi, Juelz, how are you getting on now? I am on exactly the same meds as you, 4 weeks in now, and I dont feel any better/different at all really. I have read somewhere it can take 6 weeks so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

weller7104 Thu 29-Nov-12 22:37:14

hi last October after months of waking up in a start, covered in sweat, 3 or 4 times a night, desperate urge to have a wee for a few minutes,then waking up feeling exhausted when my alarm went off, I decided something had to be done. Like others have mentioned here I had sworn that I would never take HRT, but I felt like a zombie, no energy, just not me. After just one week I felt like my old self full of energy, all day flushes gone and night sweats down to one a night. I'm 48 and intend to wean myself off HRT in next year or so but the few times I've cut down to one tablet every couple of days the symptoms return. I have put on a bit of weight but don't know if its the hrt or just middle age spread. Anyway if I had to choose between weight gain, and a slight increased risk of cancer I'd still choose hrt over the terrible, depressed way I felt.

carole1910 Sat 05-Jan-13 13:37:03

Have been on kliofem for 10 days now again (was previously on for 3 years and stopped suddenly last Oct to see if Menopause over - i am 54) but really bad hot flushes and night sweats came back within weeks. No effect at all at the moment positively - feel very angry and depressed and my calves ached like hell the first few nights, but that is thankfully gone. I am so anxious for this to work again and afraid it may not now as reading others stories it seems to have kicked in very quickly if it is going to. Will keep you informed for help of others like me. Just had conversation with a friend who is one of these saints that "put up with it without any chemicals" - she would never have done so if it was so bad. I have severe sweats - I mean pouring sweats which I have to towel off - about every hour or so day and night. These are followed by a few minutes of shivering and cold - it helps to towel the skin as wet skin will cool quicker I am told, and that has worked a bit for me. It wakes me up and I have then to drink a little and almost always have to have a pee. My husband has witnessed that I have hardly any sleep and about 4 am I just give up and read my book. I hope this is going to work but still feel a failure for not persevering as many other saintly women have! I do feel, however, that given this severity most women would not have seen it through. Everyone is different and it is not helpful for others to make us feel like failures!

MrsTigger71 Sat 05-Jan-13 13:43:48

carole1910, no one should make you feel like a failure. Your symptoms sound extreme and I don't think anyone would be able to deal with what you're going through without some assistance!

I personally think that you're very brave to take something to assist you in your menopause, it's not a game where the more you suffer the better you are. For goodness sake, don't be a martyr ~ if it helps take something! I'm 41 and had a total hysterectomy at 40, so I have to take HRT otherwise a whole host of other problems and issues would arise ... does that make me a failure too?! Of course not, be proud that you are taking something to alleviate your symptoms. Hope that they kick in soon and you feel better x

MissBoPeep Sat 05-Jan-13 14:01:26

Why are you so angry? Many women take HRT- it's nothing to be ashamed of or think you are somehow inferior. Maybe you need something stronger this time and not the same prep you had before. Have you been back to your dr to talk about this?

moonbeam1211 Mon 07-Jan-13 11:47:14

I has my op on the 27th Dec '12, took Climaval Oestradiol valerate 2mg two days later, how long will they take to work, feel miserable, very tired, constantly hot, and sick, just want to curl up and die, plz help x

MrsTigger71 Mon 07-Jan-13 20:09:34

Sending thanks in the hope that they will make you feel a little better. Sorry to hear that you're feeking ill, have you been checked out to make sure it isn't an infection that you've picked up? I had an infection after my hysterectomy. I was put on patches immediately after my op, in fact if I remember correctly I woke up from surgery wearing it, so I never had any menopausal symptoms. xx

moonbeam1211 Tue 08-Jan-13 13:12:37

I have been on 2 different antibiotics, one off which I came off as it made my stomach burn,, sometimes I feel ok sometimes then I lie in bed just wanting to cry, is it the normal xx

carole1910 Sun 13-Jan-13 08:53:47

3 weeks and it started to work at last! I feel much better and hardly any symptoms now. Could not go back to drs, as somebody asked, so soon, as GP said give it a month! Thank you for the kind words also. I feel so much better now and I just ignore the martyrs now. HRT is an amazing invention, and i will stay on it as long as I have to. I will probably give it a couple more years and then try a slow withdrawal to see if the menopause symptoms have finished, but if not i will return to it now knowing that in a couple of weeks it will kick in. i hope this helps others.

Liv1973 Sun 27-Jan-13 22:26:29

Hi, I have read all your lovely messages in the hope I would find 1 that matched my situation. I had prostap injections then full hysterectomy. I felt great, after suffering severe depression after loosing my son to leukaemia my hormones added to the depression so felt relieved to feel pain free and normal again. I have been taking hrt for 12 days and the black cloud has returned I have snapped at my family and feel a wreck teary etc all since taking hrt!! Any advice?! X

Irishgreyeyes Wed 30-Jan-13 23:21:04

Hello Ladies. What a wonderful, hopeful thread. I have been trying to find help for my severe and extreme symptoms. I have all listed and then some, very strange and unpleasant sensations (prickly skin, feeling like I want to climb out of my skin. I've been trying different hrt therapies for two months. I got some help from the Climara Pro Patch. After three weeks on the only strength and no significant relief so my doc put me on double dose five days ago. My mood is better, it was suicidal before, and that is a Godsend. But I'm so hot and chilled all the time. Inside its like a motor whirring and my sleep is hopeless. I seem to be one constant hot flash and chill. Does anyone know how long before a dose adjustment will kick in? I notice my prickles and burning skin are a lot less. Thanks so much! Hugs!

Fergusmum Wed 06-Feb-13 14:54:05

Hi ladies - how refreshing to read your comments - long story short version. Was on Prempak for 8 years - I am now 57. In Dec new gp decided I needed to come off - took me off and gave me Venlafaxine and imipramine to cope with the hot flushes - hot flushes and night sweats got really bad so decided to call him on monday to be told he had left the practice. He was there for 5 months. Regular gp also male took me off the 2 mentioned above and gave me Elleste Duet 2mg - however I am now having to cope with the withdrawel from the imipramine and the venlafaxine - explosions in my head - and of course the hrt has not kicked in yet. Last night had the worse night out - bad dreams when I did fall asleep - loads of night sweats - and tears. I am married to a saint but enough is enough - advice please - do I contact my gp or persevere. Moving house soon and just the thought of this makes me feel weepy. HELP

Missbopeep Thu 07-Feb-13 12:17:20

Oh you poor thing. Would you say that the main issue here is coming off the ADs? Did your GP give you guidance on what to do? Have you been told to come off them very, very, slowly? Maybe go back and ask. The other option to think about alongside the HRT is maybe something like acupuncture which helps some women.

Fergusmum Fri 08-Feb-13 22:21:58

Missbopeep - thank you for your encouraging words. well hurrah and hallelujah - phoned gp on wed pm as by this time was feeling suicidal. And yes he had not realised the AD's needed to be tapered off. Put me back onto one of them which I will reduce over time. Had an excellent night's sleep with only one mild hot flush. Just goes to show how potent these AD's are as just after 12 hours all symptoms had gone - and flushes are now very very minor so obviously new hrt is starting to work very quickly as discussed previously on this forum.

Missbopeep Fri 08-Feb-13 22:55:19

Glad you are feeling better but shock at GP! Did he miss that lecture at college? smile Lots of people who are not drs know that you don't just come off ADs overnight but do it very gradually over weeks....

Hope you continue to feel better.

Liv1973 Sat 09-Feb-13 20:45:44

Hi, just wanted to let you ladies who are struggling on hrt I have stopped taking it and now take sage tablets and calcium. Hurray I feel human again! Yes I still have bad days but now I know that my feelings are not a result of the hrt . I think if you have had an early hysterectomy as a result of years of pain and depression hot flushes etc are a breeze so I'm going solo no hrt for me xx

Wendywooh Fri 08-Mar-13 14:25:31

Blimey thought I was going mad, the itching drove me crazy especially at night,
Feeling hot constantly, "not sweats" just my body temperature going crazy,
Feeling angry, unapproachable , and damn miserable , loss of sex drive,
I'm hoping elleste duet will sort me out " reluctantly went to dr for hrt" ... On day one wish me luck.... Xx

Irishgreyeyes Tue 26-Mar-13 13:04:41

Hello all. My doctor has decided to put me over to Premarin as the others do not seem to work very well. I have been on them 9 days and am nearly back to myself. Now I have to think about weaning off the patches. I tried to take half a patch off but I had night sweats and prickly skin again and was boiling in the daytime. I put the patch back on. I feel a bit like a failure and a bit afraid that I will need so much estrogen.

moonbeam1211 Wed 17-Apr-13 22:16:06

Hi, been on Climaval 2mg since my opp, 27th Dec 2012 but for the last month I have suffered bad nausea and now having headaches and gnawing feeling in stomach , can anyone help could it be the hrt if so could it be worth changing to the patches, please help Xxx

brandyleigh35 Fri 07-Jun-13 18:41:00

I have had a truly positive experience with HRT was well. I started on the lowest dose of Activella about 2 years ago. I was having horrible hot flashes and night sweats, upwards of 20 a day and was truly miserable. I had been going to a more holistic practice and trying a lot of bioidentical hormone cremes but nothing seem to work. I finally couldn't take it anymore and went to see another doctor who put me on Activella. Activella contains bioidentical estrogen (estradiol) and synthetic progesterone. Within 3 days my hot flashes and night sweats were gone! I was in heaven! I had no other side effects, and it was amazing. About a year and a half later, I started experiencing increased flashes again and some achiness in my knee joints. My doctor switched me to the higher dose of Activella and again everything got better and went away. It has now been over two years since I've had a period and I'm considered to be in full menopause. Just recently I noticed some mild flashes again and my knee joints starting to hurt again. I also for about the last year have been unable to drink any kind of alcohol without it causing my estrogen levels to plummet, continuous hot flashes, and about an 8 weeks recovery period. My doctor has kept me on the Activella and added 0.5mg of estrace to my hormones today. For the first time in months I awoke to NO knee pain! Throughout all of this I have not had any ill side effects, only correction of the issues I was dealing with. Activella has been a God send to me I'm so glad to have found relief from all these horrible menopause symptoms. Something else interesting to note....I just recently had blood work done. It showed my estrogen to be at good levels and my progesterone to be quite low. My doctor decided we were going to treat my symptoms since they were all indicative of low estrogen, instead of going by the numbers on the lab results. She added the estrace to my Activella and today (only one day later) I feel much better.....Sometimes the lab numbers don't match up for every person. What is considered "normal" or "good" levels may not be what your body considers to be optimal. Pay attention to your symptoms and work with your doctor to treat them. Lab numbers are just a baseline they are not set in stone!

bella65 Sat 08-Jun-13 10:57:30

Are you in the US brandy as that drug- Activella- doesn't show as being available in UK under that name?

Bellaciao Wed 12-Jun-13 09:30:10

moonbeam It's a while since your post and you may be sorted now but definitely I would think about patches if you are having stomach problems on HRT pills that is not due to something else. Patches (or gel) are recommended in this case.

LondonLady1 Fri 14-Jun-13 08:00:09

Does anyone know how long you have to wait after an operation to start taking HRT? I am going out of my mind with and night. Totally dripping, burning up then shivering. Just had an operation which means I have very limited mobility. Was told I couldn't start HRT before op because of Risk of DVT. Had 8 months on Dixarit (medically prescribed alternative) but it stopped working after 6 months. Just want to feel normal again.

bella65 Fri 14-Jun-13 08:09:18

I think this is only a question a dr could answer.
Have you got your supply of HRT or do you need to see your GP? It's unclear whether you have already been given your HRT or you are still on Dixarit.

The risk of clotting is most severe during the 1st year on HRT, and transdermal routes like patches or gel- Oestrogel- are not associated with blood clots- or only a very very low risk.

LondonLady1 Wed 26-Jun-13 09:26:36

Thanks Bella65. Have now just started on Tridestra ( 5 days ago) after getting ok from surgeon to go ahead. Fingers crossed they start working soon. I'm hopping around on one leg after surgery which is challenging enough without getting a major hot flush every 15 mins.

Anyone else have experience of Tridestra - it was difficult to find a chemist that had it.

bella65 Wed 26-Jun-13 09:56:31

To be really really frank, I wouldn't touch HRT in pill form. There is lots of research that shows unequivocally that there are fewer risks and side effects especially from DVT with topical and transdermal types of HRT. I suspect that some drs prescribe tablets on the basis of cost- but in your shoes I'd ask for patches or gel.

LondonLady1 Tue 02-Jul-13 10:45:19

Only 12 days in on the Tridestra and they are having some effect. Still have flushes but they are more toned down now. I hope they go completely. I have a 3 month course so will finish them and ask about patches.

Lissa43 Sun 14-Jul-13 14:33:45

I'm so glad I found this site, it's such a relief as I feel so loney with being told I'm going through the menopause I'm only 43 but been having symptons for about a year and a half in fact I thought I was going mad and I ask any of my friends if they have and symptons and only friends that are a lot older are and they are not as bad as mine. I never thought that I would go on hrt but I just suffering so much with hot flushes and no sleep my mum did have breast cancer so that worries me a bit but she was 58 when she menopause and she had been on hrt for for years. She will admit tho she wasn't suffering menopause symptons she went on it because her friends felt so good on it, so I guess really she should never of been given it in the first place. My doctor has given me ellste duet 1mg I've been taking it for about 15 days now I'm still having hot flushes but they are much fewer and I am sleeping better, I feel better to see some positive feedback on here so thank you everyone.

shirlsstaff Wed 07-Aug-13 08:41:41

I am just taking my tablet and that will be a week that I have been taking elleste duet still no change as yet so fingers crossed off back to gp after s month if no change

Gitto Thu 08-Aug-13 15:40:02

Hi just found this through a link very interesting, i have give in to HRT after 7 years of hell iam 51 so have been given Premique low dose 0.3mg/1.5mg Modified release tabelts one per day have been on one week but havent noticed any difference yet. Does anyone take this at this dose, looking at some of the messages probably need to give it a few more weeks. Any advice gratefull.

Missbopeep Thu 08-Aug-13 16:48:57

It's a very low dose but to be honest I wouldn't touch any preparation made with conjugated equine oestrogens . They have the highest risk factors and there are plenty of other bio identical types of HRT available on the NHS. Can you go back to your dr and ask?

Menopausesucks1 Sat 14-Sep-13 17:16:50

Hi great feedback ladies. I'm 57 and have been going through hot flashes and night sweats for over 2 yrs. now. We call them hot flashes here in Canada lol. Yesterday I took the plunge. I'm on Climara 25mcg patch and Provera 5mg oral. Lowest dose possible. That's what I wanted. Of course I expect it to work NOW!! But reading the comments it will take time. I'm thinking ill need a higher dose. Is anybody else on this combo? Doc wanted me on the patch with both hormones in it, but I wanted a low dose. I'd rather up the dose than overdose.
Thank you ladies.
Love from Canada.

Kazhadenoughmeno5 Mon 16-Sep-13 15:08:22

Can anyone help? Been put on Prozac for hot flushes and night sweats as bad. But made me sick and loose weight! Would like to go on HRT? Stopped Prozac but sweats coming back. Is HRT safe? My nurse doesn't agree with HRT. Help

missbopeep Mon 16-Sep-13 15:19:02

Your nurse is an idiot frankly. For a start, it's your body and your choice. It's disgusting that women are being put on ADs for menopause symptoms with drugs that have side effects as well!
Change your dr if need be, and read this website for the pros and cons of all kinds of treatments.

Kazhadenoughmeno5 Mon 16-Sep-13 16:36:12

Thanks missbopeep. New to this site and great to get such speedy feedback. Will check the site and let you know.

Kazhadenoughmeno5 Mon 16-Sep-13 16:47:14

Very informative website. The pros greatly outweigh the cons. Has now confirmed that hrt is right for me. Will book appoint with a different doctor. Thanks

Gerijrich Mon 16-Sep-13 18:31:37

Any thoughts I have been on HRT for 7 weeks and the hot flushes have gone and most days the anxiety is only in the background and then I get an odd couple of days when it rears its ugly head does this mean HRT is not doing it -
I was almost normal last week.

missbopeep Mon 16-Sep-13 19:27:37

It's too soon to say- you need to allow at least 3months then if it's not working think about a different type or dose.
Did you have anxiety pre-meno because not all anxiety can be attributed to the menopause?

Gerijrich Mon 16-Sep-13 20:21:11

no periods stopped and then the anxiety came.... always have been impatient nearly there.. Thank you

Gerijrich Mon 16-Sep-13 20:21:53

ps normally very happy with life think that's why its such a shock. xx

Gerijrich Tue 17-Sep-13 17:37:17

Just been prescribed a different Progesterone - micronized as I was great on just oestrogen, hoping this will make a difference otherwise I will need to go on tablets.

missbopeep Tue 17-Sep-13 17:52:49

Geri have you had a hysterectomy? What HRT are you using? no one would give you just oestrogen if you still have a uterus- you should have progestins as well and there are various types.

Gerijrich Tue 17-Sep-13 19:35:22

oops its to replace the one I was on as I seem to get anxious after a few days of taking it

lisylo Wed 18-Sep-13 00:22:37

I have just started taking Elleste Duet after having months of getting cross, upset and so many hot flushes sleepless nights - can anyone tell me there stories of this drug and how long it takes to work and how much weight am I going to gain - thank yousmile

missbopeep Wed 18-Sep-13 08:06:07

Why not have a chat with your doctor about this?
He/she should have told you that you need to allow 3 months before changing to a different type if this one doesn't suit you.
The scientific research shows that HRT does not cause weight gain. Some types of progestins may cause bloating like you get with normal PMT. Weight gain around menopause is usually down to a change in metabolism, not adjusting intake of food accordingly or increasing physical activity.

lisylo Wed 18-Sep-13 11:29:29

Hi Thank you for the information - I see a different doctor all the time very hard to actually see your own doctor - She said to me I should see a change in 7 days!!! I will see what happens after 3 month so thank you I will increase my exercise just in case.

evening88 Wed 18-Sep-13 22:17:40

I take Prempak C and have been on this for a year now. It has made me a less moody individual and a lot more confident! One month after starting it I met an old friend and we have been living together for a year now! This would not be the case if I hadn't taken it!
I had horrible excrutiating breast pain after about 4 months so I stopped taking it for 2 weeks. Started again and it has never happened since.
I am 48. I had no interest in sex or men and this changed my life. I also agree with the "Meerkat" wakefulness of earlier posts

Kazhadenoughmeno5 Thu 19-Sep-13 10:43:48

Can anyone tell me how long Prozac, prescribed for menopause, takes to get out of your system. Went cold turkey Friday and am now feeling wretched. Want to go on HRT but have heard can be 5-6 weeks before free from Prozac. Feel so down and lethargic. Please advise anyone who has similar

oscar2tia Sun 29-Sep-13 18:48:27

Hi, been reading all the threads on how ladies feel and I have just started taking Prempak-2. Have to say it is very comforting to know that in the very very early hours of the morning when you are wide awake, that you are not alone. I have felt pretty near suicidal, not so much with the hot sweats, but mentally in a very dark place. Sex is a distant memory. I used to run a lot, now barely have energy to walk a few miles. Prempak 2 does not seem to be prescribed that much from what I have read so far. Are you still in a good place?

missbopeep Sun 29-Sep-13 22:03:33

Sorry to be more doom and gloom but Prempak and other conjugated oestrogens are sometimes thought to be a little out dated now and bio identical products are more in favour. Have you thought about talking to your dr about this? It may even come down to a cost issue.

mariachumasbaker Mon 30-Sep-13 11:41:04

Hi everyone. Just wanted to share this. Started taking Elleste Duet 2mg about 5 weeks go. Was on it for about 2 weeks. Only good thing was hot flushes went almost immediately. Went away pn holiday. Started to feel very low. Had a day when I was so low and wondered why. Wasn't sure whether I would have a bleed. Had one full night's sleep which was great but then it all started to go bad. Had another very low day and a slight period pain. Thought - Oh well, will have a period. It didn't come until day 28 of first pack. Am still bleeding after 4 days and only took 3 pills from my 2nd month pack - reason - I have never experienced PMT like this. Awful and wanted to cry all the time. Got back from holiday yesterday and still feel awful and low. I should be feeling better and I cannot continue with this feeling. I would rather have hot flushes. I just need at least 2 to 3 good nights sleep at least. Feeling wretched but not going back on this and 1 month was too much for me the way it made me feel. Anyone else experienced this please? sad

Marnie176 Mon 30-Sep-13 13:27:26

Hi, I have a background in medicine and can tell you that Prozac naturally comes out of your system very slowly, takes about five weeks unlike most other AD's which have to be reduced very slowly so this shouldn't be the cause of your problems.

missbopeep Mon 30-Sep-13 14:05:33

maria it's important that you understand what's in the pills and why they affect you like this. presume your dr explained it all?
Yes you will bleed every month.
The pills at the start of the pack are oestrogen. The others towards the end are a progesterone. Withdrawal of this causes the bleed.
It might be a good idea to keep going because you are now onto the oestrogen pills again. These should not cause PMT. Your PMT in the 2nd month might not be so bad. If it is, go back to dr and ask for a different type of pill or patch with a different progesterone- don't give up so soon as something out there will help you.

missbopeep Mon 30-Sep-13 14:07:15

p.s- bit confused- did you just take 14 days of pills in total- you said you took it for 2 weeks? If so, you should not have had a bleed and it could be your own cycle breaking through....

mariachumasbaker Mon 30-Sep-13 14:31:12

Thanks missbopeep, in total I took it for one whole 28 days and then took 3 of the oestrogen from the next pack. My last pill was taken 3 days ago as did not want to continue. Never experienced a low feeling like that. I had such awful thoughts. My GP said nothing when she prescribed them. She just looked through her book and decided on these. She did not go through my medic history although she knew I had been on prozac for a while but decided to stop these. My last real period was about a year ago. I am 53. I just want to feel good ago and have some good nights sleep. Thank you x

missbopeep Mon 30-Sep-13 15:17:41

That's a pretty poor show from your dr isn't it?
Norethisterone is known to cause bad PMT is some women. There are other types- have a look at the green menu on the menopause matters website which gives info on different types available.

Gerijrich Mon 30-Sep-13 22:16:36

This makes really interesting reading as we are all having the same type of symptoms. Comforting in a way but wont it be good when we all feel good again

Suzielou1 Mon 07-Oct-13 13:27:39

Has anyone found that after starting hrt they have really bad 'period pains' all the time?

Jinnty Tue 15-Oct-13 19:07:41

Hello everyone, thank goodness for this forum. I have a question, I am 50 years old, going through menopause and finally relented and started on hrt. I haven't had a hysterectomy or any surgery. I was prescribed Tibolone (Livial ) I'm only on day 6 and although I felt a difference the first few days ( sleeping better ) I'm now back to disrupted sleeping and daily headaches ( is this normal )? Has anyone found symptoms the first weeks yo yo back and forth until it settles? I don't know if this is a combined hrt ..


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