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I think that is an antidepressant, right? name brand Celexa? Just sharing my own story below as posted on other threads, since I had also been prescribed different antidepressants (Celexa, Zoloft, Effexor, etc.) to try and now I am taking NONE of these!!!!

I am 49, in perimenopause, and I have had it ALL for the last two years - sweating, insomnia, blood pressure spikes, anxiety and panic attacks, dizziness, abdo pain, headaches, inability to think straight and focus, etc. - you name it, I have experienced it. I could hardly go to work. I really thought there was something seriously wrong with me. My regular intern was hesitant to do Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). But she did run all kinds of tests looking for any other problems - Xrays, CT scans, blood and urine tests, etc. - and even had me try a psychiatrist and anxiety meds, a few of which I listed above. It was not until I saw a female endocrinologist on a potential thyroid issue that the endocrinologist suggested we try HRT for my symptoms. Within two weeks of starting HRT, I was much better! Blood pressure spikes were gone, I was not anxious, I did not have sweats, headaches were improved, and I slept great at night without any meds. I still have periodic symptoms, but they are much less frequent and typically 2-3 days before my period. And they are much more tolerable now that the source is explainable as perimenopause. Yes, I still have periods, but they are not as long. I have been on HRT now for 7 months (smallest Vivelle Dot patch possible) and it has been a LIFESAVER! Doctor was not concerned about me doing HRT. She noted the reports on serious issues with HRT were on older women in their 60s, and also noted some prior heart tests I had had which were all AOK. She felt a low dose would be OK. She even said she was in her 40s and would start the same treatment for herself in a year or two.

I share this because I went through SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH worry and testing to get to a solution, and I hope to save others a lot of the time and worry that I went through!

Take care - and keep the faith!