• 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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    • martingugino's Avatar
      martingugino

      "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
      Ross

      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
      hms03049

      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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