Tuckeredtoo, I have been taking Arimidex for 4 yrs, 1 more yr to go on it. Yes, when I first started the drug I got hot flashes which was a real bummer since I had been out of menopause for about 6 yrs. I was diagnosed with invasive ductile carcinoma, Dec. 2004. I had two lumpectomies. Had to have the 2nd one as the 1st didn't get all at the margins. The 2nd surgery wasn't very hard. I had twilight sleep and was able to leave the hospital after about 4 hrs. I had 35 radiation treatments but no chemo as I had nothing in my lymph nodes. I had to wait a month after the radiation to start the Arimidex. My Oncologist said it would greatly decrease my risk of developing breast cancer again so I decided to take it. The hot flashes were the only side effect I had. I never felt anything else. You might ask your dr. about black cohosh. My dr. suggested it as she said it helps the hot flashes and it did. Now that I have been taking the med for so many years I no longer have the hot flashes. And when I did it was only at night so I slept with a ceiling fan, other big fan and window a/c unit plus central air. The house was pretty frigid. But it sure helped. The only down side is that Armidex is very expensive. I have drug coverage with my health insurance but it still runs me about $60 a month copay. So if this helps, don't be afraid to take the Arimidex. Many people do very well on it as I have.
Hi Judy, My oncologist is the one who suggested the black cohosh. You should ask your dr about it. I also took Remeron which is another a/d med. Talk to your dr. about the paxil because it is a very hard med to come off of once you need to stop. I am slowly tapering off my Remeron and am having no trouble at all, no brain zaps or freezes or shakes. If you look up Paxil on the depression forum you may find some info on it and how people have gotten off it. I was prescribed it once and I couldn't take it as it made me so jittery and dizzy. Make sure you know enough about a med before you start taking it.