I am not a candidate for hormone treatment.
Citalopram - prescribed to help with my menopausal symptoms, how will this help?
Question posted by nofilter on 25 Feb 2013
Last updated on 26 February 2013 by Delila
The pharmacist said this drug would take 4-6 weeks to see any changes. She also said that you cannot stop this drug but have to be weined off. Is this true?
Hi, it will also help by evening out your moods. Often menopausal women will have mood swings and feel very emotional at times. Citalopram can help with this.
Several years ago it was noticed as a side-effect that menopausal women who took "Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) " for depression had fewer hot flushes. Citalopram is an SSRI. Since then, research trials have confirmed that several SSRIs stop or reduce hot flushes in some (but not all) menopausal women. That is, whether they were depressed or not. How SSRIs work to help hot flushes is not clear.
When it works, an SSRI provides relief from hot flushes almost immediately. A 1-2 week trial is usually enough to find out whether it is going to work or not.
I hope it works for you - good luck.
- Citalopram uses and safety info
- Citalopram information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Citalopram (detailed)
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.