Tamoxifen and Anxiety/Anti depressants - Help!
I am having issues getting medications to help me with all of this BC crap. I have always been completely type A and a worrier so getting BC really didn't help my cause! I have been on tamoxifen since last June and of course have the hot flashes. I have been taking xanax at night since last March to help calm me down so I could sleep at night. I tried ambien, but that did not work. The xanax helps me relax so I can fall asleep. I was being consumed with worry so in October my internist started me on Lexapro. After a few weeks on it, I felt great and was sleeping really sound (better than before being on it). I was not worried and was mellow. I was still taking xanax before bed and all was good. I went to a med onc appointment and he said he did not want me on lexapro and insisted my internist change me to effexor as it does not have potential to interact with tamoxifen. I went back to the internist and she helped me make the switch. The effexor is NOT working and since I have been on it I have active, disturbing, realistic dreams ALL NIGHT LONG! I wake up a lot. I have more night sweats and chills. I can't fall asleep - I am wired on it not matter if I take it in the morning or before bed. It has been almost two months and I am exhausted. I don't get any restful sleep. I can't live like this anymore. My internist says she will put me back on lexapro (which med onc says no due to potential to interact with tammi) or keep me on effexor and take me off xanax and give me sleeping pills. I DO NOT want to take sleeping pills. The effexor is making me tense anyway...I don't feel relaxed EVER. I hate it. What meds do you take if you are on tamoxifen? Any advice appreciated. I am so tired and stressed.