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Menopause

Tolerating HRT

06/07/2011

Question:

I`m 50 y.o. and I`ve suffered from panic disorder and depression all my life. I`m currently on 600mg seroquel. I`m very concerned that I may develop more panic and depression from my changing hormone levels. I know that if this happens I can take HRT but I`ve heard that HRT may cause headaches and/or sleeplessness as a side effect of the drug. My fear is if I do need HRT what will happen if I`m a person who develops these side effects, headaches and/or sleeplessness. What if I really need HRT but I can`t tolerate the drug????

Very concerned.

Answer:

There is no easy way to answer your question. Your physician will treat symptoms as they occur and try multiple different options. 

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Response by:

Cynthia B Evans, MD Cynthia B Evans, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University