testosterone shots

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testosterone shots

by Richdc on Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:00 AM

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My Dad is having alot of fatigue after his shots. Slowly gets better but about then its time for another shot. Anything you all have taken to help counteract the fatigue?  He's 78 and taking the pres. to stop hot flashes and a pres. to help with urine flow.  Thanks

RE: testosterone shots

by Johnw100 on Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:00 AM

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Good diet, nutrition, supplements, and exercise are usually suggested for side effects, including fatigue. Keep active, yoga, swimming, walking.

Sometimes tiredness can be related to mild depression. Low dose venlafaxine or sertraline has helped with this and also for hot flashes, so you could ask about switching to one of those if that's not what he's already taking. Viagra has also helped with depression.

John

 

RE: testosterone shots

by Witchdoctor on Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:00 AM

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Your father is having Androgen deprivation therapy which means his testosterone is being suppressed, hence, male menopause.  This can cause hot flashes , fatigue, decreased blood counts (have them checked) and just like menopause in women a host of emotional possibilities.

Why is he on the hormonal deprivations?  If it is just that he is older and not a candidate for treatment then stop them and do watchfule waiting or revert to treatment of the cancer to avoid the hormone deprivation shots.

Some URO's put people on these things for years and causing sometimes more problems than the tumor.

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