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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Anyone ever tried Amberen? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Anyone ever tried Amberen?
Hot flashes and night sweats are doing a number on me!
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Date: 1/24/13 5:01 PM

Just in the last couple months, my hot flashes and night sweats are killing me! I'm on compounded progesterone and testosterone it is not helping at all. Someone told me about Amberen. Has anyone used it?

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Date: 1/24/13 5:40 PM

I took Estroven before hysterectomy which helped with mood swings. I did not tolerate the prescription estrogen I was given. Started on MACA750 & the hot flashes immediately ended. Had to start progesterone cream as I was not sleeping & very teary. Eventually stopped MACA & now on BiEst. HTH

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Date: 1/24/13 7:33 PM

What is MACA750?

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Date: 1/24/13 8:41 PM

It is an Andean root plant related to cabbage and turnips. Commercial production employs llama droppings for fertilizer. Interestingly, it is resistant to many natural pests.

It is quite nutritious and is a folk remedy for, among other things, sexual problems. Because it is one of the cruciferous plants, it is also a goitrogen, which could be a problem for those susceptible to thyroid dysfunction.

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Date: 1/24/13 9:32 PM

Halley..

Its hard to recommend.. as we all are different.. but I took Celexa at the suggestion of a friend who I trusted.. and it worked like a charm.. Took it less than six months.. I took no other medicines compounds or such..

You might want to ask your Doctor is you can try it.. It worked almost immediately on me with hot flashes.. within days if not hours really .

Never heard of Amberen I have to wonder if there are discussion boards on this on the net.. You might get a clue there whether it might help you too.. etc etc etc

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Date: 1/24/13 10:11 PM

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I'm on compounded progesterone and testosterone it is not helping at all.

What does your doctor say about this? Seems to me they might need to try different proportions, or even add estradiol.

Black Cohosh helped me a lot with hot flashes. I got the liquid tincture from the local health food place.
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Date: 1/25/13 6:22 PM

Doris, I go back next month to my hormone doctor and for bloodwork to see where my levels are. I'm wondering what he will do. I know my OB/GYN would probably give me something for the hot flashes and night sweats but kind of waiting to see what my hormone doctor suggests.

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Date: 1/25/13 6:26 PM

Celexa sounds like Prozac or Paxil which are for treating depression and other things. I've heard people taking Celexa gain weight. How does that work for hot flashes and night sweats? I was on Paxil years and years ago and couldn't handle the side effects.

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Date: 1/25/13 9:15 PM

It's an odd thing, but even after all these years, no one knows exactly what causes hot flashes (though there's an AWFUL lot of research out there). Similarly, no one knows why antidepressants often work for hot flashes--and why different ones, even in the SSRI group (like Celexa or Paxil) are more or less effective.

In many people, the SSRIs do cause weight gain, and some are more notorious than others. I gained quite a bit on Celexa, and much less on Zoloft.

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Date: 1/26/13 7:44 AM

I asked my doctor about Amberen. I gave him the packaging to review the list of ingredients and he did not see anything in it to worry about. I took it a few months but I don't recall if it helped or not.

There are triggers to hot flashes.

Sugar intake will trigger hot flashes. If you are a sweet junkie like I am, sugars trigger hot flashes,. I have been hot flash free and night sweat free since I now pay attention to my sugar intake. I have been on Nutrisystem for over three years. The program is low in sugar. I noticed early on that my HFs drastically subsided thanks to lower sugar intake. It was amazing in fact! My suar cravings are in my past. I enjoy a sugar treat once in a while but I am soon reminded of why to not go crazy eating sweets when a HF triggers.

Alcohol also triggers HFs. Wine is typically high in sugar. Beer is a carbohydrate. I like beer and wine but i am guaranteed a hot flash when I enjoy a drink.

Caffeine can also trigger HFs. Tho, for me, it as not been a trigger.

Good luck!
Sandy


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