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Hot Flashes | Non-HRT Prescriptions

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 Are there any other treatments that can be tried for hot flashes besides HRT?I am suffering from hot flashes, but my doctor says I can't take HRT. Are there any other treatments I can try?


While the options in this area are limited, there are alternative treatments for menopausal hot flashes. Before you take anything else, however, be sure to consult your doctor.

Many women who can't take HRT use the antidepressant venlafaxine (Effexor) as an effective, non-HRT treatment for hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms. Other antidepressants that might be used are fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and escitalopram (Lexapro).

Another option, however, will soon be available. The FDA recently approved Brisdelle™—a low dose of paroxetine—as the first non-hormone medication made specifically for treating menopausal hot flashes. The low dosage provides relief from hot flashes with fewer side effects than higher doses used in Paxil. It should be available in pharmacies starting November 2013.

For more immediate relief and advice from other HysterSisters, see Hot Flashes | Home Remedies.



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.

07-01-2013 - 02:12 PM


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