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ausykaren
ausykaren Member Posts: 59
edited July 2022 in Stage III Breast Cancer

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


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  • sbelizabeth
    sbelizabeth Member Posts: 955
    edited July 2022
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    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: 59
    edited July 2022
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    Thank you Katie



  • Blinx
    Blinx Member Posts: 82
    edited July 2022
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    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.

  • mia.koko
    mia.koko Member Posts: 4
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    I started taking Zoloft in April 2023 . First 25mg a day and after 10 months- 50mg a day.

    No side effects, very helpful. Keeps me normal , no depression, no anxiety.

    Stage 3a hormone positive, HER2-

  • exbrnxgrl
    exbrnxgrl Member Posts: 4,749
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    I may be going out on a limb here but it seems that many members, regardless of stage, have taken anti-depressants. Some use it short term, some long term. Most find them to be very helpful.