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Hot Flashes | OTC Remedies

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Do over-the-counter hot flash relief products work?Do over-the-counter hot flash relief products work?


As it is with most menopause questions, there is no black or white answer for this question. Some HysterSisters have had good experiences with OTC products, others haven't. And scientific studies on their effectiveness remain mostly inconclusive. The good news is that you can try as many treatments as you'd like until you find one that works for you (with your doctor's approval, of course).

The following are common OTC hot flash relief remedies:

As you explore OTC options, keep in mind is that these products are not regulated by the FDA, which means that there are a lot of variables. For one thing, they can vary from bottle to bottle and brand to brand. For another, positive results may be attributed to placebo effect rather than actual effectiveness. Also, long term use of OTC treatments could potentially lead to new health issues.

If you would like direct feedback from other HysterSisters about these products, you can visit the hormone forums, but ultimately, your body and your doctor will be your best guides.

You might also consider home remedies and non-HRT prescriptions.


This content was written by a member of HysterSisters.com as a non-medical professional based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-27-2013 - 08:37 PM


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