Oct 10, 2009 - 9:51 pm
I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this: I am convinced (and my oncologist agrees) that I have developed a chemical depression caused by Femara. Yes, I have had breast cancer which was terrible, but I have recovered and there is nothing in particular going on in my life right now that would make me depressed and anxious. Also, the depression FEELS chemical: I will suddenly start crying or feeling anxious for no apparent reason.
My oncologist put me on Lexapro, which initially seemed to help (I have been on it about 4 months now, and about 2 weeks ago the dose was upped from 10 to 20 mg) but my response has been inconsistent. Lately I find myself with the anxiety and depression symptoms again. My oncologist offered to switch me to another AI, but to me this would be a last resort because I believe they ALL have the potential to cause depression (and their websites all say this). Instead, I have decided to see a psychiatrist (with my oncologist's approval) in the hopes that they may know more than my oncologist about anti-depressant drugs, which one I should be on, the dosage, etc.
Has anyone else had this problem? Did you take antidepressants, and if so, which one and what dose? Did it help? Sometimes I get really desperate that no one will be able to help me because my depression is chemical.