... thought was menopause.(no periods, hot flashes, moodiness around my period time) and due to the fact i'm 47 years old. Well, one week after being off it, my period came back and the hot flashes went away! Has anyone ever had this happen? I read what little I could find on the matter, and it is indeed a side effect.
Cymbalta does wonderful things with hormone levels. It can lower testosterone and raise estrogen which can really mess up women in our age group. It can also change ones menses no matter the age as I have found out from a group of much younger women (most have shorter periods but a longer time between periods. Men as well as can experience an increase in estrogen and develop breasts and have breast pain.
I am post menopausal so the return of the hot flashes and moodiness was not welcomed at all. My biggest concern was that breast cancer runs in the family and the elevated estrogen and low progesterone (because I am post menopausal) was a real worry for me. Thankfully that all settled back down fairly quickly when I stop taking cymbalta.
I have heard that they are now suggesting cymbalta for menopause symptoms which I think is totally crazy after what it did to me.
As I noted on another cymbalta question, be sure to report these side effects.
Very interesting. I had the opposite thing happen. No periods for a year. Then started Cymbalta and they came back for a short while (heavy), along with terrible hot flashes, then the periods stopped, but not the hot flashes unfortunately. 2 of my doctors (reg GP and psychiatrist) said Cymbalta had nothing to do with it. Wrong!
I have been taking Cymbalta for about 3 months now and my periods have been off the charts. I used to be 28 days for as long as I can remember. I am only 42. Right now I have my periods every 15 days and they run 7 days long. The only thing I have changed in the last 3 months is taking Cymbalta. My Gyno checked my estrogen and testosterone and at one point when I first started taking anti depressants my testosterone levels where crazy high and my estrogen was super low. So we got that fixed. But still having the troubles of periods every 15 days. I am going crazy here. I guess a trip into my primary is my next step to see about changing meds. But I guess what my main question would be is this are all anti depressants going to have the same effect? So frustrating.
I’m 43 and have been on cymbalta a year for PTSD. I’m now down from 60mg to 5mg after finding out I have fibroids and cysts, horribly heavy and painful mensural cycles ever since and I too thought I might be Menopausal. I feel strongly that the higher levels of estrogen have wreaked havoc on my reproductive system which was normal until this medication. Last month after upping my dose I had only a three day painful period instead of a normal but painful 7 day bleeding cycle. After much research I’ve chosen to wean myself off. Don’t stop cold turkey, even I suffered withdrawal hot flashes and flu like symptoms during my taper down detox. You legit have to open the pills and count the beads to taper off for minimal withdrawals. In order to assist my body during this transition, I ordered herbal supplements.
One for adrenal support, DIM to assist estrogen levels, as well as a combo of milk thistle, dandelion and one other herb I can’t remember for my liver. I’m also taking evening prime rose for my depression, and replacing the cymbalta with an all natural herbal supplement to balance my serotonin levels without taking pharmaceuticals. Great deals on amazon. In 6 days I’ll be totally off cymbalta and expect my menses to return to normal and hopefully shrink my fibroids overtime by balancing the overdose of estrogen. This med helped with my PTSD but it’s not worth the terrible side affects let alone withdrawals. My sex drive is returning and I’m feeling more like myself now. I’m going all natural the way nature intended and never will I go back to pharmaceuticals. Therapy and hypnosis is also in my tool kit and works better for my PTSD than any pill. Sadly psychiatrists often know less about this drug than consumers like myself who do their own homework, and more often than not they don’t explain how hard it is to get off this drug. No one told me, I had to read the horror stories myself from others who have gotten off cymbalta, and your question is not odd or off point. You are experiencing what many women experience with this med. wishing you the best, you are on point with your concerns.
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