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Old 03-23-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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Testosterone or SSRI effects on SSRI

So in my tapering I have continued to meet with the psychiatrist. In our discussions we decided to do a blood test to look to see if there is anything physical that could cause anxiety/mood issues/insomnia.
I know one big thing about anxiety is just accepting it for what it is. Im not 100% there but I am okay with it and now okay with dieing, which was a big driver of my anxiety.
From the blood tests my testosterone has come back low all 3 times a 244, 299, 235, with the serum being 6.0. I am 33 years old and an Endo I was referred to says this is way low for my age. She ordered an MRI on my brain which came back fine and wants to start treatment with androgel.
My questions are can SSRI use slow production of T or is this genetics? Would T treatment help my overall mood and make me physically feel better?
I am hesitant to think T treatment would help anything other than physically but who know.

I am currently on 15 mg of remeron and 4 mg liquid lexapro.
Over the last 8 months I tapered off remeron. Sleep was still horrible so I went back on it. I have been tapering Lexapro for probably 5 months down from 10mg.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:01 AM   #2
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Re: Testosterone or SSRI effects on SSRI

This seems to be the latest, excuse the word, but "Fad" for doctors. Low testosterone doesn't cause anxiety. True low testosterone would be more fatigue related.

I always tell people that unless you know what your testosterone was before,then the number you are seeing now is useless since it's a snapshot in time and may have been your "normal" for years.
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