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5/1/2017I was diagnosed with Stage 1A in December 2014/January 2015. I had complete mastectomy of my right breast in January 2015. There was no limp nodes involved. Since I was 69 at the time and I was put on Letrozole 2.5 mg daily. While the hot flashes and trouble sleeping have decreased. I have developed overwhelming OCR and depression and sometimes just scream like an animal, or slam doors, or hit walls or throw things or repeat phrases over and over or curse continuously. I just want my life back. So want to know if these are normal things that happen to people. What is chemical menopause? What happens if you stop taking the letrozole? I do not want to take anti depression medicine because such medicines comes with its own side effects. Your assistance is appreciated.
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5/1/2017not normal side effects from hormonal therapy. really important to sit down with your medical oncologist and discuss this. He may want to see if these symptoms are being caused by this drug or if there are other things also happening that are contributing to these behavioral side effects. very unusual. you do need your life back.

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