... menopause and am now experiencing episodes of uncontrollable rage. What can I do to stop this side effect?
You may or may not have seen your family doc or obgyn about this, if you have then the info I am about to post you likely have already heard, if not then I suggest making an appointment. Yes, the prednisone is not helping matters, but many women have problems with rage during menopause, due to the drop in hormones.
I am posting a clip from an article for you to read. You may find it interesting. It's a different approach to treating the rage in menopause... it may be worth investigating.
" Menopause brings rage
Yes, dropping estrogen levels can impact your mood. How to fight the fury that comes with menopause.
By: Moira Farr
You probably won’t be surprised to discover that the troika of usual health suspects — diet, exercise and sleep — go a long way to determining how you’ll cope with your inevitably dropping estrogen levels. Let’s quickly recap the practical health advice you’ve heard before: Reduce or eliminate your consumption of caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods that contain far more salt, sugar and saturated fat than anyone needs, and replace these with healthy foods. Combine some form of cardiovascular and weight-training exercise, at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week, to help drain off some jittery energy and allow for better sleep. If you can throw in some form of stress-busting yoga or meditation, so much the better. Quit smoking.
If you do lead a generally healthy life, and still find that you’re capable of growling and snapping like a cornered raccoon, it might be wise to consider an antidepressant. It may not be for everyone — and if tea, creams and tinctures from the health food shelf do the trick, wonderful — but more women are finding that low doses of newer forms of antidepressant medication (SSRIs — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and SNRI — serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors) can be extremely effective when it comes to improving perimenopause and menopause-related mood problems. They may even help reduce hot flashes and night sweats, a bonus for women with these symptoms who don’t want to, or can’t (such as breast cancer patients), use hormone replacement therapy. Psychotherapy or counselling may also help a woman gain insight into what may be long-standing anger-management problems, quite apart from hormones and brain chemicals."
Good luck on your search and remember, it does pass, and you will come out the other end. We all do.
- Prednisone Information for Consumers
- Prednisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prednisone (detailed)
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