ausykaren Member Posts: 58
edited July 2022 in Stage III Breast Cancer

Are there any Stage 3ers on an antidepressant and if so which one.


  • sbelizabeth
    sbelizabeth Member Posts: 954
    edited July 2022

    My oncologist started me on Paxil (paroxetine) around the beginning of chemo. I thought I was just scared and sad, not depressed, but it helped a lot. When active treatment was over, she advised me to continue it indefinitely, because it can help with the hot flashes of aromatase inhibitor therapy. After ten years, I weaned myself off over a period of 5 months. Oddly enough, I immediately lost about twenty-five pounds without changing my diet or exercise pattern.

  • ausykaren
    ausykaren Member Posts: 58
    edited July 2022

    Thank you Katie

  • Blinx
    Blinx Member Posts: 82
    edited July 2022

    Yes, I'm stage 3 and have been on Lexapro for a long time. I recently had the dose increased. I honestly don't think I would have gotten through the past 8 months if I weren't on it. It keeps me on an even keel.