• Does anyone take antidepressand to deal with the changes a man goes thru on the hormone treatment

    Asked by lindi143 on Monday, March 7, 2016

    Does anyone take antidepressand to deal with the changes a man goes thru on the hormone treatment

    My husband is on the shots and has great anxiety and fear He is not himself at all and I was wondering what the experiences here have been, Do antidepressants Help? any other suggestions?

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    • lisahal's Avatar

      They put me on paroxetine anti-depressant for hot flashes and menopause. Was on it for almost two weeks. It made me lack energy, feel depressed and could not get up and do anything. It took almost a week to get out of my system. They wanted to try something else but I am done with pills. Best of luck!

      almost 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      I'm not sure if it's the hormones or just the anxiety cancer brings along, but any onc should be aware and able to help out. Note: sometimes it takes awhile trying different drugs to see what works.

      almost 5 years ago
    • WizardOfWesley's Avatar

      I can relate to what your husband is feeling... but as for myself I am not taking anything. .I have multiple hot flashes sometimes as often as every fifteen minutes. .:(
      Whike that alone is enough to make a man feel that he is not gimself...i also suffer from weakness and lack of motivation. ..I found the thing that has helped me the most.. was taking a part time job in a restaurant. . (I love the food service industry) i have been retired since I was 49 ...and doing well mentally until i was diagnosed when I was sixty..I think the fast paced actuon of a restaurant and being around young people has gotten me out of the funk i was feeling...it has also renewed the energy i was missing in my personal relationship and has restored my libido :) so now my significant other is a happy girl as well... Cancer [email redacted]... but it is not who I am ...He's got to find something that makes him want to get up and do something :)
      Wishing you guys the best...Larry The Wizard of Wesley ...

      almost 5 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Obviously not a guy, but I had a prescription for Ativan, which is an anti-anxiety. My big problems were at night, when the gerbil in my brain kept that ol' wheel spinning. Ativan made the gerbil go to sleep so I could. I hope he finds some relief soon.

      almost 5 years ago
    • martingugino's Avatar

      "On the shots"? What's that. The ADT injection is once every 6 months, although a three month dosage is available. Hot flashes are my biggest side effect, but I conjecture that my issue is more temperature regulation than "hot flashes" per se - that is the hot flashes come in response to temperature drift. But I could be imagining that, as the cause.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Ross' Avatar

      My experience comes from having prostate surgery, 2 months of radiation and then 3 1/2 years of Lupron and Casadex. Hot flashes (mostly at night) still persist even after being off hormones 1 1/4 years.
      I never took any anti depressants, but did have many moments of melancholy and tearfulness. These seem to have lessened some now.
      Although retired, I remain active with tennis, exercise, housework and yardwork. With your continuing support and understanding, the depression may lessen with time.
      Best to you in this journey. A survivor, Ross

      almost 5 years ago
    • hms03049's Avatar

      lindi, I'm sorry to hear he is going through this.
      I know how he feels. After surgery I was on ADT (Lupron-3 month shots) pre/post radiation. Along with hot flashes zero testosterone takes the "conquering warrior" out of a man. It is not just one's interest in sex, it is in everything. It also leads to muscle loss, including the heart.
      Much like Ross I stayed busy. I came up with a list of "must-dos". In my case that was scheduled client meetings and deferred maintenance on the house and yard. It got me up early, it gave me a hard day pulling old wood off, new on, painting, digging. You pull doors off a house you have to get up and put the new doors on. You can't build muscle on ADT, but you can maintain it. We scheduled trips to the beach for walks, short hikes in the woods, and other things. I stuck with the schedule. Weight gain is a problem on ADT, I couldn't lose weight, but at least I didn't gain any.

      The wife loved I was up for all of these outings and chores, truth is it wasn't a choice. I was beat by night-fall, had sore muscles, but slept very well. Overall I felt fairly well but I could sense I was on the edge of a place I didn't want to go. I realize being active and exercise is not an option for everybody but for those that can do it, it has many advantages. I saw it as part of the fight. The house looks pretty good too....

      almost 5 years ago

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