Posts Tagged ‘Menopause Depression’
Every so often I will mention the profit margins that some of the drug pushing companies get.. It goes past that. There are generic alternatives available but when you go to purchase them the pharmacy will have them marked up to the point that you think you are getting a good deal even though it is still outrageously priced. There is one place apparently where you can get them at good prices.. Costco.. So now the story.
Let’s hear it for Costco! (This is just mind-boggling!)
Make sure you read all the way past the list of the drugs. The woman that signed below is a Budget
Analyst out of federal Washington , DC offices.
Did you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company for the active ingredient in prescription medications? Some people think it must cost a lot, since many drugs sell for more than $2.00 per tablet. We did a search of offshore chemical synthesizers that supply the active ingredients found in drugs approved by the FDA. As we have revealed in past issues of Life Extension a significant percentage of drugs sold in the United States contain active ingredients made in other countries. In our independent investigation of how much profit drug companies really make, we obtained the actual price of active ingredients used in some of the most popular drugs sold in America .
Consumer price (100 tablets): $130.27
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.60
Percent markup: 21,712%
When a drug company pushes its drugs like this.. I get worried.
Monash University research shows that testosterone treatment improves brain function in healthy postmenopausal women.
Professor Susan Davis and Dr Sonia Davison of the Monash University Women’s Health Program treated 10 women aged 45 to 60 years with a daily skin spray of testosterone for 6 months. The women showed improvements in visual and verbal learning and memory on sensitive computerised tests after treatment. They also underwent tests of brain function while undergoing an MRI scan.
The findings were presented at the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) meeting in San Diego this month.
"The tests of cognitive performance were completed with the same accuracy and speed by the women before and with treatment, but with testosterone treatment less of the brain areas involved with these tasks ‘lit up’. This indicates that that less brain activation was required for the women to complete the tasks with the same precision and accuracy when they were treated with testosterone," Professor Davis said.
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Q: My mother is 65 and she went through menopause nine years ago. For the last few years, she has been feeling extremely warm internally, even when the weather is cool. She is easily agitated but once the sweat breaks out, she experiences a sense of relief.
Is there any reason for this condition?
A: What you have described is suggestive of symptoms related to menopause which include hot flushes, night sweats, mood changes such as irritability, anxiety or depression, palpitations, insomnia, vaginal dryness and fatigue.
These symptoms may start a couple of years before cessation of the menses (the perimenopausal period), and may persist for a few years after menopause. Their likely cause is related to the reduction in the level of female hormones that accompany menopause.
The duration of these symptoms depends on the individual.
In the majority of cases, the symptoms usually last between two and five years. However, some women may experience symptoms for a longer time. A number will experience hot flushes into their 60s.
However, it is also important to be aware of other underlying medical conditions that may show similar symptoms. For example, thyroid disease may lead to sweating, palpitations and irritability.
Sometimes the mood changes may be due to underlying psychological problems like depression.
You may want to take your mother to a doctor to ensure that the symptoms are not due to other conditions.
If the symptoms are mild and tolerable, treatment may not be necessary. Simple measures such as lowering the ambient temperature may help.
Some exercises may also be beneficial. But if the symptoms are severe and affect her daily activities, medication may be needed.
There are different treatment options. Some of these remedies include black cohosh, red clover, evening primrose oil, dietary soya products and vitamin E supplements.
You should consult a doctor on the risks and benefits of the various treatment options.
Dr Watt Wing Fong